What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs, and associated almost exclusively with exposure to asbestos at work. Unlike asbestosis, mesothelioma symptoms may not appear until decades after exposure to asbestos. Brown and blue asbestos was banned in the UK around 1985. Buildings built or renovated prior to 1985 may still contain asbestos material.

What are the symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Breathing difficulties, coughing, and chest pain.  Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

Who has been affected?

As well as shipyard workers, railway engineering workers, people who work in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, workers in the heating and construction industries an increasing proportion of cases diagnosed include individuals who may have had less intense exposure in the building industry (carpenters, electricians, demolition workers) and people who have worked in buildings where the use of or disruption of asbestos materials occurred.

It is understood that around 15% of female cases of mesothelioma are for the most part due to “passive exposure” eg by washing the clothing of partners and  relatives who worked in asbestos industries.

What drugs can treat Mesothelioma?
Alimta (Pemetrexed) has been approved for the clinical treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Alimta is prescribed together with cisplatin. Folic acid is also prescribed to help reduce the side-effects of pemetrexed.

Compensation
There are a great many of legal firms with solicitors who specialise in claims relating to compensation for the sufferers of mesothelioma and their families.  Some types of claims have time limits.

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