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How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | mesothelioma

If you work in certain occupations like shipbuilding, construction or demolition work or, you need to be aware of the risk of developing mesothelioma. If this happens, you may be eligible for financial restitution through an asbestos lawsuit. 

Part of pursuing your mesothelioma lawsuit, however, involves proving that you are indeed sick. This is where mesothelioma diagnosis comes in. 

Diagnosing mesothelioma 

If you have been exposed to asbestos before and are experiencing mesothelioma symptoms like shortness of breath, persistent coughs, fatigue and weight loss, then you need to consult your healthcare provider. Upon reviewing your health history and conducting physical exams, your healthcare provider may order the following tests: 

Imaging tests

This uses X-rays to take images of your lungs. This is done to establish the presence of tumors in the affected area, determine how far the cancer has spread, establish how you are responding to treatment or find out if the cancer has returned after treatment. 

X-ray findings that are indicative of mesothelioma usually include the presence of calcium deposits on the plethora, an unusual thickening of the plethora, the presence of fluid between the lungs and the chest cavity and changes in the appearance of the lungs. 

CT scan

A CT scan utilizes X-rays to look for traces of mesothelioma as well as the areas affected by the cancer. It can also be used to determine the stage of the disease. For instance, a CT scan can establish if the cancer has spread to other organs, so an appropriate treatment option is developed. And if you are already under treatment, a CT scan can be used to establish how you are responding to the treatment. 

Protecting your rights

A Mesothelioma diagnosis can turn your life upside down. Fortunately, it helps to know that you can bring a mesothelioma lawsuit and receive the financial compensation you deserve to take care of your treatment and other needs. Find out how proper legal guidance can help pursue compensation during these difficult times.