Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most aggressive and treatment-resistant form of mesothelioma. It makes up about 10 to 20% of all mesothelioma cases and, in most cases, patients are expected to live no more than one year. Like other forms of mesothelioma, this type is most often caused by asbestos exposure.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages, such as medical bills, treatment costs, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering with the help of an adept mesothelioma attorney. Because the asbestos industry was well-aware of the many risks associated with prolonged exposure, yet did nothing to warn or protect the public, it can be held accountable for the resulting harm people suffer after being exposed to asbestos.

Contact Richmond Vona, LLC today to learn how our Buffalo sarcomatoid mesothelioma lawyers can help you and your family.

What Is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma & How Does It Form?

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the circulatory or lymphatic systems or the connective tissue between bone and/or cartilage. In fact, any type of cancer that affects these areas, which contain a type of tissue known as mesenchyme tissue, is known as sarcoma.

Sarcomatoid cells have several distinguishing characteristics that differentiate them from epithelial cells. Not only are they shaped and structured differently, but they are also packed less tightly together, meaning they are more likely to spread. This is a primary factor in what makes this type of mesothelioma so aggressive and deadly.

This type of cancer is, far and away, most commonly associated with pleural type mesothelioma; in people with peritoneal mesothelioma, fewer than 30 documented cases of sarcomatoid mesothelioma have occurred. If you were recently diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma, it is important to seek out the guidance of a Buffalo attorney who can help you pursue compensation.

Symptoms of Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Many people with this form of mesothelioma may experience a variety of non-specific symptoms, which can make it very difficult to diagnose. As the cancer progresses, the symptoms worsen, but symptoms can start out being fairly mild. This is another factor that commonly results in sarcomatoid mesothelioma going undiagnosed for long periods of time. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • Coughing up blood
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood oxygen levels

It is absolutely critical that anyone who experiences these symptoms seek immediate treatment. Patients should also inform their doctors of any known or suspected asbestos exposure, as the symptoms of sarcomatoid mesothelioma mimic the symptoms of many other conditions and doctors can unknowingly misdiagnose patients with other, less serious illnesses. If you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos over a prolonged period of time, worked in a high-risk occupation, or was a member of the Navy or U.S. military, be sure to convey this information to the treating medical team as well as your Buffalo sarcomatoid mesothelioma attorney.

What Is the Prognosis for People with Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma?

Although treatment for sarcomatoid mesothelioma is available, including palliative therapy, the prognosis is generally poor. Most patients who are diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma have a life expectancy of six months or less, though some patients may live longer with aggressive treatment. As treatment options become more advanced, the prognosis is likely to improve. Though rare, some studies have shown that patients can survive for more than five years (depending on the cell subtype).

Treatment Options for Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is often treated through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or some combination thereof. Surgical removal of sarcomatoid tumors is often difficult, as these tumors tend to be stiff in nature and are often spread over large areas of the body. They can even grow into the wall of the chest, making removal nearly impossible.

Chemotherapy is, by far, the most common treatment. In some cases, when a patient is eligible for surgery, chemotherapy can be used in conjunction with surgical removal of sarcomatoid tumors.

Radiation treatment, while not considered curative, can be used to treat and manage symptoms of the disease. This can allow patients to experience a better quality of life and may even assist in lengthening a patient’s life expectancy. A caring Buffalo sarcomatoid mesothelioma attorney could help ensure patient’s are receiving the best treatment available.

Why Hire an Attorney?

The cost of treating cancer—regardless of the type—is exorbitant. You should not have to worry about mounting medical bills and other financial stressors when seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one. In fact, because the asbestos industry knew of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, yet did nothing to mitigate those risks or even warn workers/consumers about them, victims could be entitled to financial compensation for their damages. Many asbestos manufacturers and other related entities have set aside monetary funds to pay out these claims, meaning you may not even need to file a lawsuit.

However, filing a mesothelioma claim can be very complex. There are many steps involved, and fighting for your rightful compensation and the justice your family deserves is not something you should have to deal with. Instead, allow our Buffalo sarcomatoid mesothelioma lawyers to advocate for you. We understand the law, we know the process, and we are ready to do everything in our power to ensure you get the fair recovery you are owed.

Retain the Services of a Buffalo Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Attorney

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma, you probably have questions—and we have answers. We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible to discuss your case, as you only have three years from the date of diagnosis to file a mesothelioma claim in the state of New York. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our team is ready to assist you throughout the legal process, providing attentive care and consistent communication every step of the way.

Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a Buffalo sarcomatoid mesothelioma lawyer.

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