Small Cell Carcinoma Detection And Treatment

Like all forms of cancer, small cell carcinoma, is, usually fatal. Its manifestation as lung cancer has more incidence among men, especially those who smoke or are exposed to inert dust sized particles like those of asbestos. Limited and extensive are the two categories by which one understands the extent to which the disease is present. In the former case, the problem is limited only to the lungs and the bronchial tract while in the latter case, the cells would have spread outside the chest.

This disease is just like the other kinds of lung cancer as far as the symptoms manifest themselves. There is the usual problem with breathing, wheezing and coughing may be manifest in severe cases. The patient will often be found to be underweight. There may be excess sputum production. Early detection and starting the treatment early will help the patient's chances of survival.

It is universally accepted that smokers are the ones who are most likely to develop lung cancer. One may use a PET scan or MRI to aid the diagnosis and sometimes the biopsy would prove the results positive or otherwise. There are two ways to go about treating the disease. One is through the use of drugs. The other is by chemotherapy. While the former is found to be effective, there is always the possibility that the illness will return, because it is so resilient.

This illness is so tough that it quickly spreads to the other organs like the liver and the kidneys and then on to the brain. Surgical ways are never recommended and the chances of the patient surviving are very slim. It can originate from any part of the body. It mostly occurs in the lungs and most lung cancers have their beginning in the bronchi. There are known cases where the disease had originated from the wind pipe and alveoli. It is believed that the lung cancers begin as manifestations which are pre-cancerous and since these occur at the cellular level cannot be seen on examination by MRI or X-rays.

As time passes these develop into full-blown cancer which develop their own network to nourish the new cancer tissues. These then are seen as tumors. But by the time these tumors are detected, the affected tissues would have had enough time to move on to fresher pastures and once they metastasize then there is no stopping them.

The symptoms for this disease are:
Shortness of breathCoughing, including coughing up bloodWheezingLoss of appetiteLoss of weightUnusual tirednessSwelling the neck or face

Early detection could help in the treatment, though the doctors will not give you more than a fair share of survival. Though such cases are very rare, it would be the best to consult a doctor and clarify your doubts, if you find some of these symptoms showing up in your body.

There have been cases known where the treatment for cancer was started early and the patient survived.

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Mesothelioma Cancer and Mesothelioma Lawyers

Special help is available to victims of Asbestos in industrial units and plants where exposure to this particular element is very high. Cancer of the lungs is caused by deadly fiber which is in the air at the workplaces. It is an incurable deadly disease. Pleural mesothelioma is found in the lung lining. Cancer found in the abdomen is known as peritoneal mesothelioma, and that of the heart is pericardial mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Cancer and Mesothelioma Lawyers are in news today. Asbestos is being widely used all over the world by people in some form or another. Chemical Plants, Mechanical Plants, Pulp and Paper Industry, Refineries, Industrial Plants, Factories, Construction Material Companies, Shipbuilding industry, Railroads, Power Plants, Textile Industry and other Manufacturing Plants are all using this deadly substance.

Earlier the material was appreciated for its erosion, heat and fire resistant qualities. Occupational hazard was there for all who worked with it; but the workers were given no guidance about how to protect themselves from it. People working near boilers, hot water pipes refrigerated storages and vats etc. never came to know about the dangerous circumstances under which they worked until it was too late.

Victims of Mesothelioma Cancer have Mesothelioma Lawyers fighting for their well being. Mesothelioma law firms are providing best services to sufferers and their families. They are able to get good compensation for the sick and the families of deceased as the case may be. Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason are one of the topmost firms in California. Belluck & Fox, LLP is another well known name in the field of lawyers mesothelioma, New York. Simon Greenstone Panatier Barlett, PC defends mesothelioma victims with full involvement in the case.

Mesothelioma Cancer and Mesothelioma Lawyers are both related to a serious issue. Mesothelioma Lawyers can be contracted from the very first day of being diagnosed as a victim of asbestos. The expensive treatment becomes easier on the patient and other family members during the duration of the lawsuit with help from their expert lawyer. A good lawyer does all the research that is to be done in the victim's case. The trial becomes easy as the appeal is heard within no great time taken, money is recovered for the injury that has been caused to the patient and his near ones without much hurdles in the recovery process. Industrialists and Corporatists are handled with extreme dexterity by the trained and knowledgeable lawyers.

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Asbestos - Virtually Invisible, Yet Absolutely Lethal

Preventing Asbestos Exposure to Eliminate Deadly Diseases.

Mes•o•the•li•o•ma - can't pronounce it - can't cure it. I want to share a bit about the personal side of my journey - not for sympathy, but so you can better understand the facts about mesothelioma. In 2003, after enduring nine months of symptoms and multiple visits to doctors, my husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Alan underwent an Extra-Pleural Pneumonectomy (EPP) -- a surgical procedure that removed a rib, left lung, and pericardium and replaced his diaphragm -- in hopes of having more time with his family. But, because of his asbestos exposure, our then-10-year-old daughter had to watch her father slowly die from a preventable disease. Sadly, our experience is a common one, and the fear, despair, and isolation were paralyzing.

The truth behind asbestos

After Alan's diagnosis, we learned that asbestos causes deadly diseases, and not just mesothelioma. We learned the silent truth: that, when inhaled, these sharp, invisible, odorless, tasteless asbestos fibers can cause permanent damage. Even more shocking is the fact that this has been well known and documented for more than 100 years. Fueled by grief, anger, and bewilderment, I knew I needed to turn my anger into action, which is why I co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) with Doug Larkin. Technological advances have enabled us to build international alliances over 20,000 strong and continue our educational, advocacy, and community support initiatives, including hosting our annual Asbestos Awareness Conferences, testifying at Congressional hearings, and keynote speaking at numerous engagements.

History is a great teacher to those who listen

More than 30 years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared asbestos to be a human carcinogen. The World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Surgeon General all agree: asbestos is a human carcinogen and there is no safe level of environmental or occupational asbestos exposure. Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers, as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders.

Deadly hugs, Deadly chores.

Workers' exposure doesn't stop at the site; one can follow the trail of toxic dust home. It is no longer just workers who are at risk; it's also their families, children who hug parents wearing contaminated clothing home from work, and spouses who wash those clothes. The asbestos victims' profile has changed, once a blue-collar worker in his mid-sixties, there is a new patient profile emerging. Tragically, it is becoming more and more common to find women in their 50s being diagnosed with mesothelioma. The new patient profile presents frightening evidence that environmental exposure is lethal.

Construction workers were found to be 11 times more likely to develop mesothelioma.

The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die each year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day. An estimated 1.3 million employees in the construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job." In May 2010, the President's Cancer Panel (PCP) in America released the landmark 200-page report titled "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now." Environmental and occupational cancers are on agency radars now more than ever before. More than 90 percent of the asbestos used worldwide today is used in the manufacturing of asbestos-cement sheets and pipes.

Prevention is the only cure.

There are only two ways to stop mesothelioma - prevent asbestos exposure, and find a cure; the first step is to prevent environmental and occupational exposure. Through our voices, we can turn our anger into action. Educate yourself - prevent exposure by learning which materials might contain asbestos, and avoid disturbing them. If in doubt, hire a licensed and experienced asbestos inspector to sample the materials in your home to determine if there is asbestos present. If you were exposed or have experienced the early warning symptoms of an asbestos-related disease, talk to your physician and seek treatment from experienced doctors.

Every life lost to a preventable asbestos-caused disease is tragic; hundreds of thousands of lives lost is unconscionable.

Linda Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. In 2004, she co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to reach out to those who have been affected by asbestos-related disease.

Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. Reinstein, a highly sought-after international speaker, has frequently served as a Congressional witness and presented at Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, United Nations Congress, American Public Health Association, and audiences around the world.

Recognized as an expert with more than 35 years of nonprofit experience in building and sustaining grassroots organizations, Reinstein specializes in developing, implementing and leveraging integrated social media campaigns. Focused on national and international occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein's proficiency in the powerful advocacy space of online media has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO's core mission of education, advocacy, and community support actions.

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