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6 Common Methods for Diagnosing Mesothelioma 

Also known as asbestos cancer, mesothelioma is a serious condition that is brought on by exposure to asbestos. Many older buildings use materials containing asbestos and anybody who works or lives in these buildings is susceptible to exposure. It is important that doctors take the proper steps to diagnose mesothelioma to provide early treatment options. There are 6 common methods used to diagnose mesothelioma.

The 6 methods to diagnose mesothelioma are:

  • CT scan
  • PET scan
  • Effusion / Cytology
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Staging
  • Mesomark

Each of the methods used in mesothelioma have their own benefits and can provide a good idea regarding the existence of any kind of cancer.

A Mesomark is a manual enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). It is used to identify soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRP), or serum tumor markers. CT scans are used to take detailed photos of your internal organs. PET scans can help your physician see how the internal organs and tissues are functioning in your body. Effusion or cytology is used to examine individual cells or a small cluster of them. Tissue biopsy allows your doctor to remove a small piece of tissue which is then examined at a lab. When it comes to staging, this is used by doctors to determine how advanced the cancer is in your body.

If a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to properly diagnose the existence of mesothelioma, this can be considered negligence. By not properly diagnosing mesothelioma, it can allow the cancer to reach more advanced stages and become much more difficult to treat.

Whether you or someone you love was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or a medical professional failed to provide an accurate diagnosis, now is the time to take legal action. At Worthington & Caron, our asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers are here to help you seek the justice you need. Call us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.