Mesothelioma information, resources, and advice for families affected by mesothelioma.


The number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the United States.


The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that 11 million people were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1978.


The average length of mesothelioma latency: the number of years it takes for mesothelioma symptoms to develop.***

What is Mesothelioma?

Learn more about what mesothelioma is, where it comes from, and how to determine which direction to take if you have symptoms.

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Mesothelioma Treatment and Care

Treatment for mesothelioma usually depends on the stage at which it’s detected as well as the type of mesothelioma diagnosed.

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Mesothelioma Attorneys

A mesothelioma attorney can help with access to over $32 billion in funds set aside specifically for victims of mesothelioma and their families.

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Download a Free Mesothelioma Guide

Get a free mesothelioma guide with resources to help find a mesothelioma specialist, information on treatments, clinical trials and resources to help with medical expenses.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which affects about 3,000 Americans every year. The disease, which attacks the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart, can usually be linked to past exposure to asbestos. Prognosis typically depends on the stage at which the cancer is detected and the type of mesothelioma.

A pleura is one of two membranes around the lungs. These two membranes are called the visceral and parietal pleurae.
The pericardium is the membrane enclosing the heart, consisting of an outer fibrous layer and an inner double layer of serous membrane.
The peritoneum is the serous membrane lining the cavity of the abdomen and covering the abdominal organs.

Pleural Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma most commonly develops in the lining of the lungs. This is known as pleural mesothelioma.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

The second most common type of mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdomen and is known as peritoneal mesothelioma.

Pericardial Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma can also occur in the lining of the heart, known as pericardial mesothelioma.

Testicular Mesothelioma.

Although rare, mesothelioma can occur in the lining of the testicles, known as testicular mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Overview

While there is still a lot to learn about mesothelioma, there is a great deal of information available. We know how hard it may be to sift through all the information on the internet, so we will continue to compile information and make it available to you. If you want alerts when we post new information, click here.

Symptoms Of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma are very similar to other types of lung-related diseases and can be difficult to diagnose.

These may include severe chest, hip or back pain, difficulty breathing and fluid in the lungs. Early symptoms of mesothelioma can be so subtle that they are often mistaken for everyday aches and pains

Treatment Options

New clinical trials and other cutting-edge treatments continue to emerge.

The best way to be sure you are getting the most up-to-date mesothelioma treatment is by choosing your care team from among doctors and other medical professionals who specialize in mesothelioma treatment.

Finding A Specialist

A patient may have several doctors treating different aspects of mesothelioma, including one or more specialists in such areas as oncology, thoracic surgery, and pulmonology.

View a list of U.S. physicians, by state, who can treat all types of mesothelioma.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies in which a patient agrees to receive treatment using new approaches which are tested for safety and effectiveness.

Participation in clinical trials helps doctors discover and improve ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat mesothelioma.

Living with Mesothelioma

The news of you, a loved one, or anyone being diagnosed with mesothelioma is devastating, to say the least, as there is still no known cure.

Early stage mesothelioma patients often share the same hope as modern medicine evolves and more effective treatments are found.

Life Expectancy

The majority of mesothelioma patients do not survive beyond one or two years after their diagnosis, mostly due to being diagnosed after mesothelioma has reached advanced stages.

There have been major improvements, however, in both traditional and non-traditional treatments

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Mesothelioma Treatment and Care

The type of mesothelioma treatment you receive will depend on your diagnosis, stage, mesothelioma type and your overall health. The most common treatment types for mesothelioma are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Traditional Treatment

Typically, the traditional treatment for mesothelioma relies upon most of the same methods doctors use to fight most other forms of lung cancer. Because mesothelioma typically occurs many years after the patient’s initial exposure to asbestos, it is often hard to diagnose.

Non-Traditional Treatments

Today more and more doctors are accepting the fact that non-traditional treatments for mesothelioma may be useful, often in combination with traditional treatments. The aggressive nature of mesothelioma has both doctors and patients alike testing every available option.

Financial Assistance

A patient may have several doctors treating different aspects of mesothelioma, including one or more specialists in such areas as oncology, thoracic surgery, and pulmonology.

View a list of U.S. physicians, by state, who can treat all types of mesothelioma.

Choosing Your Care Team

Choosing your care team for mesothelioma treatment may seem like a difficult challenge.

Every patient deserves medical professionals with the proper training and experience. Furthermore, a care with whom the patient is comfortable with is an important factor as well.

Early Detection

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that progresses rapidly once it’s diagnosed. As scientists struggle to find ways to better treat this still-fatal condition, they are at least finding ways to add time to people’s lives. But early detection is critical to being able to take advantage of newer approaches.

End Of Life Decisions

One of the most difficult tasks for anyone dealing with advanced mesothelioma will be putting their affairs in order and making end-of-life decisions.

These choices often affect loved ones as well. In doing so, however, a patient can relieve much of stress and increase the quality of life.

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Mesothelioma victims may be eligible for compensation toward medical bills, lost wages and other financial burdens through a plethora of legal avenues. A qualified, experienced mesothelioma attorney can help facilitate the financial help you deserve.


Mesothelioma Lawsuits Take Time

If you or a loved one have a mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease you may want to seriously consider speaking to an attorney sooner, rather than later.

The reason is simple: these types of cases can be extremely time sensitive and may involve filing a lawsuit against one or more large corporations, entail complicated litigation procedures, and intense settlement negotiations.


The Legal Process can Complicated

Most mesothelioma-related lawsuits never go to trial. Many cases end up being settled out of court and many others are settled during the trial process.

There are many steps and avenues along the way, including what type of trial to pursue, jury selection, presentation of evidence and testimony, settlement negotiations and much more.


Laws And Regulations Vary Among States

Each state has its own statute of limitations regarding how long you have to file a lawsuit once you are diagnosed.

It is best to consult with an attorney who can provide you with a clear overview of your case based on the mesothelioma related laws and regulations in your state.

Finding An Attorney

An attorney can help with access to over $32 billion in funds set aside specifically for victims of mesothelioma and their families. Often, cases are settled out of court and handled on a contingency basis, with no upfront costs to the attorneys handling the case.

Compensation for Veterans

There are a variety of compensation types for veterans and their families. Compensation may come from trust funds set aside for mesothelioma victims, settlements or trial verdicts.
For veterans, there are additional avenues for seeking compensation through the V.A.

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