A misdiagnosis of mesothelioma can impact a person’s life expectancy

| Feb 8, 2021 | Asbestos & Mesothelioma

There is no known cure for mesothelioma. However, an early diagnosis still matters. It allows doctors to offer a treatment that could increase the amount of time a person can live. It will enable you to make the most of your remaining time with your loved ones.

Doctors occasionally misdiagnose mesothelioma. Getting the right diagnosis the first time is extremely important because it is such an aggressive disease.

What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Symptoms can take over 20 years to appear. When they do, much of the damage may already be done. The symptoms can vary depending on where the mesothelioma is in your body. Here are some of the possible warning signs:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of the arms or face
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Problems with blood clotting
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Sweating profusely
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing

As you can see, many of these symptoms could have other explanations. Doctors could easily assume they are due to something much less severe. They should not rely on symptoms alone when diagnosing. Work history may be the biggest clue. Ensure that the doctor knows about any history of working in a place where asbestos was present.

Asbestos-related illness can devastate your and your family’s lives. If you believe a doctor has misdiagnosed you or a family member, do not hesitate to get a second or third opinion. Once you get a confirmed diagnosis, you will need to investigate avenues of compensation. An attorney who is experienced with helping people who have contracted mesothelioma and other conditions caused by asbestos exposure can provide valuable guidance.