Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be frightening and overwhelming, but the Mesothelioma Association can help guide you and your loved ones to the resources that you need. It’s critical that mesothelioma patients are diagnosed early and properly and then begin a treatment plan with a qualified specialist. We can provide you with the accurate information and connections that will assist you in making these first decisions.

More About Mesothelioma

If you have been exposed to asbestos, you may have mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the first indications of this cancer usually do not appear for at least 30 years after the exposure.

The symptoms for pleural mesolthelioma, the most common form, include fever, difficulty swallowing, pleural effusion (fluid in the chest cavity), cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, hoarseness and weight loss. These symptoms are often mistaken for common illnesses, such as pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, because of their similarity.

A less common form is peritoneal mesothelioma, which attacks the lining surrounding the abdomen. Symptoms include digestive disturbances, bowel obstruction, elevated white blood count, ascites (fluid in the abdomen), loss of appetite, weakness, anemia and abdominal pain.

Pericardial mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer that affects the heart's serous lining. People who suffer from this disease usually have heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, severe chest pain, fluid retention in the legs, difficulty breathing, night sweats, low blood pressure and fatigue.

How We Can Assist You

If you have any of these symptoms and worked in a profession where you may have been exposed to asbestos -- engineers, pipefitters, steel workers, auto mechanics, miners, ship builders and even military professionals – let us help you get started.

  • Request our free Mesothelioma Informational Packet, which will be overnighted directly to you, free of charge. It includes a 200-page booklet of doctor-reviewed information on mesothelioma; up to four mesothelioma support books, including "100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma"; inserts that are customized to your specific diagnosis; and mesothelioma awareness wristbands for you and your family. Request the packet HERE.
  • Tell us where you live and we can locate the best mesothelioma doctors, specialists and cancer centers in your area. Fill out our patient support form HERE so we can provide you with information specific to your situation.
  • Get the most current information on your legal rights and options. Mesothelioma is a disease that could have been prevented because companies knew the dangerous effects of asbestos and blatantly disregarded them. Now, they should pay for your treatment, which can be expensive. One of our legal experts can evaluate your case and advise you how to proceed. You can request advice HERE.
  • If you’re a veteran, we can assist you with VA claims and benefits. The Mesothelioma Association employs veterans who understand your situation and can help you navigate the system to maximize your benefits. Fill out our veterans assistance form HERE for more information.

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