Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, a membrane that lines many of the body's most important organs. While not always the case, this disease typically occurs in the lining of the lungs.
Losing a loved one to cancer is a traumatic experience. In some cases, the battle is protracted, with months of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and waiting. Other times, the progression is so rapid that your family barely has time to accept the diagnosis before you have to start planning a funeral. As far as cancers go, mesothelioma is a highly aggressive form of cancer that is currently considered treatable but incurable.
Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma from on-the-job exposure to asbestos as many as five decades ago face uncertain futures. Following your oncologist's advice and treatment plan can help you maximize time spent with family and friends.
Imagine working for years in the same refinery until you were ready to retire. You were spending your weekends on the golf course or taking the occasional fishing trip with your friends. However, after several years, you start noticing significant changes in your health. You visit your doctor and find out that you have been experiencing the symptoms of mesothelioma. Now you are facing high medical bills that will eat into your and your wife's retirement savings. Since your disease was caused by continuous exposure to dangerous toxins in the workplace, you might be entitled to compensation.