New, Less Invasive Mesothelioma Testing Procedures Use Ultrasound
November 26th, 2014|
Estimates show that roughly 11 million Americans have been exposed to a dangerous chemical fiber known as asbestos. Of those individuals, it’s estimated that as many as 10 percent will develop a deadly form of cancer—known as mesothelioma.
While there is currently no cure for the disease, treatment options are available and new tests have made these methods more effective. A report released by the organization, MesotheliomaHelp.org, explains that in previous years surgeons had to create incisions on the patient’s body to determine the extent and stage of mesothelioma. Now though, doctors are using ultrasound to examine a patients’ conditions.
When an endobronchial ultrasound is performed, an endoscope is equipped with an ultrasound processor and inserted into a patient’s throat and down the esophagus. This allows the doctor to take a closer look at the patient’s lymph nodes and airways. An endoscopic ultrasound can also be performed to obtain clearer images of areas of the body that may be affected by mesothelioma.
It’s important to remember that these procedures can be expensive. If you’ve developed mesothelioma , you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for these costs. But the process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit be complicated, and it may be wise to speak with a qualified attorney about your legal rights to compensation.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re here to help. Our multidistrict litigation lawyers want to answer your questions about filing a mesothelioma claim. Call us anytime—day or night—at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your case.