Listen as Joe Williams details what is involved in the medical side of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you probably have many questions. First, the best way to diagnose mesothelioma is through a biopsy. Two ways to do this, a needle biopsy or a Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy (VAT). Once extracted, the tissue can be analyzed under a microscope. Two main types of malignant mesothelioma exist. The first is the epithelial cell type, and the second is the fibrosarcomatous cell type. There can also be a combination of the two, known as biphasic mesothelioma. While the fibrosarcomatous cells usually grow faster, the treatment is relatively similar. In the diagram seen in the video above, the lung has asbestosis. This asbestosis surrounds the lung, and the tumor grows in the pleural space, which wraps the outside of the lung and is also adherent to the bone of the rib cage. After a biopsy is taken, a diagnosis is done fairly quickly. Mesothelioma is also sent for a final diagnosis, which usually takes a week or more. Staining is done, and the pathologist looks at it again under a microscope for final pathological diagnosis of this disease. Watch the video to learn more. Once diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you will probably have many more questions. If you do have additional questions, I want you to call me at 855-805-MESO. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website at williamstriallawyers.com, where you can view more videos and media content from our law firm. The Williams Law Firm, P.C. 245 Park Ave 39th Floor New York, NY 10167 855-805-MESO (6376) williamstriallawyers.com