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Mesothelioma Law Firm Helps Patients Understand Thoracic Surgery

April 5, 2012

Posted by World News & PR Web,  Mesothelioma Law Firm Helps Patients Understand Thoracic Surgery

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason (CPSM), asbestos attorneys fighting on behalf of clients nationwide, have just updated their website to add a resource page explaining thoracic surgery as a treatment for mesothelioma.

Jack Clapper, founder and pioneering asbestos attorney in California, says "my experience over the last 30 years has been that when clients are first given a diagnosis of mesothelioma by a doctor, most of them as well as their family members are overwhelmed at trying to understand all the medical terms being both spoken by the doctor as well as written in reports. It is our goal to help clients and their loved ones understand what they are being told by doctors, which is why we keep adding resource pages explaining all the most common and newest frontline therapies used to diagnose and treat mesothelioma."

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that has little effective treatment options and, for most, short survival times. While not a cure, thoracic surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment for mesothelioma, successfully slowing down cancer progression and extending survival times for many patients.

Dr. John Roberts, a leading thoracic surgeon from the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery of Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN, speaks to the role of thoracic surgery in correctly diagnosing mesothelioma: "pathologic differentiation between the other causes of malignant pleural effusions can not usually be done by thoracentesis but requires pleural tissue, obtained either by pleural biopsy or thoracoscopy." Results of his work published in a study in Chest Journal emphasized the importance of thoracic surgery in correct staging, diagnosing, and treating mesothelioma.

Jack Clapper goes on to explain that when patients get their first reports from the diagnosing oncologist, that many terms can be used that all describe mesothelioma, such as:

  •     Malignant epithelioid mesothelioma
  •     Mesothelioma with epithelioid features
  •     Diffuse epithelioid malignant mesothelioma
  •     Mesothelial proliferation consistent with mesothelioma

All the terms above all point to the same disease, malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), which affects the lining surrounding the lungs. With such complex diagnosis terms, patients and family members need help deciphering what it all means. CPSM offers brochures, free of cost, to anyone diagnosed that explains the disease as well as spells out in simple terms all possible mesothelioma treatment and legal options.

Physicians and surgeons specializing in the treatment of mesothelioma, such as David Sugarbaker, M.D. (Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)) all agree that after diagnosis, if the patient is eligible, the first line of treatment recommended will be surgery to remove the malignant mesothelial cells and tumors in and around the lungs as much as possible. Thoracic surgery is one option. Thoracic surgery removes all visible tumors and some of the surrounding tissue around the lung. Surgery is usually followed with chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat any remaining microscopic cancer cells left behind.

To read more about undergoing thoracic surgery, as well as other treatment options, visit the mesothelioma treatment section of CPSM’s website. Feel free to call one of CPSM’s expert asbestos attorneys at 1-800-440-4262. They are very knowledgeable about the most effective treatments, and can also walk you through the steps of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, which can then cover the costs of mesothelioma treatments not covered by insurance. For more information or a brochure, contact CPSM today.

About Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason

For the past 30 years, CPSM has been exclusively dedicated to bringing those diagnosed with mesothelioma the most accurate, detailed yet easy to understand information about asbestos, mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma lawsuits and asbestos bankruptcy trusts. CPSM understands that being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be overwhelming, and therefore provides legal advice and informational brochures at no cost to help families find the right treatment, get the best legal representation, and access finances to cover medical costs. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, call CPSM today at 1-800-440-4262.