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Types of Mesothelioma

NYC Mesothelioma types

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that can be directly traced back to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma cancer attacks the tissue that lines the lungs, chest cavity, abdomen, abdominal organs, heart, and in rare cases, the testicles. The type of mesothelioma a person is diagnosed with depends on what area of the body is affected.

At Belluck & Fox, our respected mesothelioma cancer lawyers are nationally recognized for the progress we have made in fighting for the rights of mesothelioma patients and their families. With more than 20 years’ experience, our skilled attorneys understand that newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients need:

  • Medical expertise and emotional support. Our attorneys have built up an extensive network of mesothelioma doctors, nurses, and fellow patients who can help our clients and their families cope with what they are going through.
  • Compassion and sensitivity. We know this is an extremely trying time for you, so our attorneys do everything we can to take the pressure off of That means traveling anywhere in the United States to meet with you and your family, at no cost to you.
  • Compensation for you and your family. At Belluck & Fox, our skilled asbestos attorneys have secured more than $1 billion for mesothelioma patients and their families. We are committed to demanding justice for what you have been forced to go through.

Although mesothelioma is a relatively rare type of cancer, you and your family are not alone in this fight. Come and visit our New York City mesothelioma Law office today.

Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation, and find out how we can help you pursue the compensation you need.


What Type of Mesothelioma Have You Been Diagnosed With?

Each year in the United States, about 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, the American Cancer Society estimates. For many, a diagnosis can come as a shock because the cancer can develop 15 to 60 years after a person was originally exposed to asbestos.

There are four types of mesothelioma, all of which affect the mesothelium tissue that lines different body cavities and organs. When microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, they can lodge in this tissue and eventually cause tumors.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of the disease, affecting about 75 percent of those who are diagnosed with the cancer. It occurs when a person inhales asbestos fibers, which get stuck in the pleura mesothelium lining of the lungs and the chest cavity. The resulting tumors can spread to the diaphragm, the heart, and throughout the chest.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid build-up (known as pleural effusion)
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic or painful cough
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Lumps on the chest

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common type of the disease, making up an estimated 20 to 33 percent of the new cases diagnosed each year. Sometimes referred to as abdominal mesothelioma, this type of cancer develops when asbestos fibers are swallowed or inhaled and lodge in the peritoneum, which is the tissue that lines the abdominal cavity and abdominal organs.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fluid build-up in the abdomen (referred to as ascites)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Lumps in the abdomen
  • Fever

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare form of the cancer that affects the pericardium tissue lining the heart. Like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, it is caused when asbestos fibers lodge in the tissue after being inhaled or ingested.

Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma may include:

  • Fluid in the pericardial space
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Weight loss

Testicular Mesothelioma

Testicular mesothelioma, which is also known as mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis testis, is the rarest form of the cancer. It develops as a tumor in the membrane that covers the testicle. Because this type of mesothelioma is so rare, medical experts have yet to agree on its characteristics, and diagnosis can be very difficult.

Symptoms of testicular mesothelioma may include:

  • Pain or swelling in the testicle
  • A mass in the testicle
  • Fluid build-up in the scrotum

What Should You Do After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?

Types of Mesothelioma Receiving the diagnosis of mesothelioma can be overwhelming for a family. At Belluck & Fox, our dedicated mesothelioma cancer attorneys understand how much pressure can build up as you try to cope with the cost of specialized medical care, treatment plans, and travel.

  • You shouldn’t have to shoulder that financial burden. For years, large corporations failed to warn everyday workers, veterans, and their families about the dangers of asbestos. Now, you have a right to demand compensation from those companies. As one client told us: “It must be so rewarding to know that someone was compensated for the negligence and deceit in knowingly allowing Asbestos products to be sold and used.”
  • You deserve an advocate with a track record of success. Belluck & Fox has developed its reputation as a go-to mesothelioma law firm because it has helped so many patients and families with these types of complicated cases. With more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements, we have been honored to be recognized by Best Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, and Super Lawyers.
  • You need an attorney who cares about you and your family’s future. Mesothelioma takes a toll on both patients and their loved ones. Our compassionate attorneys are committed to pursuing maximum compensation to pay for medical bills and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering your illness has caused.

Schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation with our dedicated mesothelioma lawyers to learn how we can help you and your family during this tough time. Remember, you are not alone in this fight.

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