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Nigel Askew Solicitors specialise in asbestos related disease claims. We have many years experience in dealing with these complex cases and have helped many clients with peritoneal mesothelioma compensation claims. If you require advice relating to a diagnosis with mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma, please contact our specialist solicitors today for a free and no obligation phone consultation.
What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is frequently associated with the lungs; however, the cancer can develop in other areas of the body, including the abdomen and the heart. The illness always affects the linings of organs and no matter where the disease occurs, the predominant cause is still considered to be exposure to asbestos.
Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen, known as the peritoneum; the lining of the abdomen protects organs and produces a fluid which lubricates the area and allows organs to move smoothly against each other.
In patients suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma membranes surrounding the abdominal organs become thickened and peritoneal function is inhibited.
Peritoneal mesothelioma can develop in both the visceral (inner) layer, which lies next to the abdominal organs and the parietal (outer) layer, which lines the abdominal wall.
How common is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
This form of cancer is far less common than pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma UK report that only five to ten per cent of all mesothelioma cases in the UK are peritoneal.
The report suggests that this form of the illness “may arise after longer and heavier periods of asbestos exposure than pleural mesotheliomas”.
Is there any treatment for Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
The forms of treatment available to patients with peritoneal mesothelioma vary according to how advanced the cancer has become at diagnosis. The general health and fitness of the individual may also affect the course of treatment administered.
Patients deemed to be of suitable health and fitness may be offered a peritonectomy. This surgical procedure involves removing the areas of the lining of the abdomen in which the cancer has developed, in an effort to reduce symptoms.
Some treatments involve both surgery and chemotherapy. The process is referred to as debulking and is administered to those with advanced peritoneal mesothelioma.
An operation is carried out to remove as much cancer growth as possible and chemotherapy is then provided before or after the operation.
Alternatively, combined treatment can be administered through a series of up to six operations. This is known as cytoreductive surgery. While each operation is carried out, heated chemotherapy is delivered directly into the peritoneal cavity.
Cancer Research UK offers an in-depth review of further chemotherapy treatments and relevant clinical trials.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
If you have been exposed to asbestos in your working lifetime and have consequently developed peritoneal mesothelioma, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
The total amount of compensation that may be awarded to you is dependent on a range of factors including the severity of your condition, lost income and the cost of medical care. The amount awarded in compensation for a specific asbestos related condition is based on a set of national guidelines. The general amounts of compensation awarded for mesothelioma claims range from £61,400 to over £110,000.
Contact us to discuss a new Peritoneal Mesothelioma Claim
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesothelioma then please contact us today for expert legal advice and representation. We offer all new clients a free initial consultation and fund all our asbestos related claims on No Win No Fee agreements.
Please call us on 01507 609027 or submit an enquiry using the online form on the right hand side of this page and we will call you to discuss your peritoneal mesothelioma compensation claim in detail.
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