Shawn worked as a drywall taper; his company would do demolition on old houses and buildings. Little did he know at the time that these old buildings contain a deadly material called asbestos? Asbestos was used in Gypsum Board, also called drywall or sheetrock which was nailed over wall studs on interior walls. After 20 years of working in the drywall field Shawn became ill, his doctor told him that he had been exposed to asbestos and he had a form of asbestos cancer.
What is Asbestos Cancer?
Asbestos.com Describes Mesothelioma as:
"Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can arise in the mesothelial lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Some cases have even been reported to develop in the lining of the testicles as well. These four types of mesothelioma are called pleural mesothelioma (lung), pericardial mesothelioma (heart), peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen) and testicular mesothelioma.
Combined, these cancers affect 2,000 to 3,000 people in the United States each year. Receiving a diagnosis can be difficult due to the similarity of symptoms to other, more common conditions and doctors may overlook mesothelioma as a diagnosis. Another contributing factor that makes these cancers difficult to diagnose is the severe latency period of symptoms. From the time of someone's initial exposure to asbestos, the primary cause of mesothelioma, signs of development may take as long as 20 to 50 years to arise. "
What Are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
After inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, a person's breathing becomes heavy, short of breath. They have problems of swallowing or having a raspy cough. Chest pain, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain or development of lumps under the skin of the abdomen is some of the symptoms of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma doesn't show up immediately, it is slow over time. A patient can beat his odds if he is aware of asbestos and sees his physician.
Treating Malignant Mesthelioma?
There is no known cure for mesothelioma, but many patients have been treated with chemo, radiation and sometimes surgery. Although there are some experimental treatments which are offering some encouraging results. These treatments include immunology, gene therapy, and photodynamic therapy.
The Surgical Treatments: Consist of three main types for mesothelioma are diagnostic surgery (symptomatic relief), curative surgery (removal of cancer), and palliative surgery (symptomatic relief).
The Chemo Therapy
Using intravenous drugs (Alimta or Cisplatin) targeted to kill cells before they divide and multiply.
The Radiation Treatment
Radiation is used to kill cancer and stop the spreading of the cancer; radiation therapy is usually followed by surgery treatments.