Top 100 Trial Lawyers badge
BBB Accredited Business badge
Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum badge
10 Best Attorney badge
top 10 trial lawyers badge
RUE Ratings Best Attorneys of aAmerica Badge
Veteran Approved Badge
Americas Top 100 Attorneys Badge
Lawyers of Distinction Badge
American Association for Justice Badge
Best Law Firms of America Badge
Top American Lawyers Badge
NADC Badge

Five Key Points About Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma, an uncommon and aggressive lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure, is the most prevalent asbestos-related cancer. On the other hand, peritoneal mesothelioma, a form of abdominal cancer, is less common and typically associated with asbestos cross-contamination, as exemplified by asbestos-laced talcum powder.

Geologically, asbestos and talc are nearly identical minerals, often found in proximity, and their mines occasionally intersect. Due to substandard mining or quality control practices, fibers from both substances can intermingle, contaminating cosmetic products, particularly talcum powder.

While peritoneal mesothelioma is treatable, the associated treatments are prohibitively expensive. Seeking the assistance of a nationwide asbestos exposure lawyer is essential for obtaining the necessary compensation to cover these expenses and enable affected families to move forward. Multiple legal options are available for peritoneal mesothelioma victims, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Rarity of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Out of approximately 3,000 new mesothelioma cases diagnosed annually in the U.S., only 300 to 500 are peritoneal mesothelioma. Other asbestos-related illnesses include asbestosis and pleural thickening, both affecting the lungs.

At-Risk Populations

While over 90 percent of pleural mesothelioma cases result from direct asbestos exposure, only about 40 percent of peritoneal mesothelioma cases have a primary connection to direct asbestos exposure. Cross-contamination factors, as well as take-home asbestos exposure, contribute to many peritoneal mesothelioma cases. Unlike pleural mesothelioma, which predominantly affects men, peritoneal mesothelioma often afflicts women who use specific cosmetic products or live in proximity to asbestos workers.

Diagnosis Challenges

Peritoneal mesothelioma often remains asymptomatic until reaching an advanced stage. Symptoms to be vigilant for include abdominal pain or swelling, nausea, altered bowel movements, unexplained fever, and weight loss. A biopsy is imperative for an accurate peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis.

Current Treatment Approaches

Cytoreductive surgery, followed by hyperthermic intraoperative peritoneal perfusion with chemotherapy (HIPEC), is a common treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma. When surgery is not curative, platinum chemotherapy becomes the standard of care, potentially followed by second or third-line chemotherapy if necessary.

Future Treatment Prospects

Peritoneal mesothelioma treatment poses challenges due to the lack of dedicated drug studies. Current treatments are derived from studies on pleural mesothelioma patients. Some Phase I clinical trials may include peritoneal mesothelioma patients, but dedicated research for this rare cancer type is scarce.

A recent study explored a combination of immunotherapy and targeted therapy for advanced peritoneal mesothelioma, showing promising results with a positive response in 40 percent of participants. However, additional research is essential before this approach becomes a mainstream peritoneal mesothelioma treatment due to the inherent risks associated with immunotherapy.

Individuals affected by asbestos exposure deserve substantial compensation. For a complimentary consultation with an experienced nationwide mesothelioma lawyer, contact the Throneberry Law Group.

Client Reviews
You are the reason my mother was able to cope with losing a loved one. You and your staff are always helpful and go above and beyond to help. You have been great to my family and especially my mother. My mother would always come out of your office with a peace of mind. R.S.
We are so appreciative of the results Michael Throneberry got for us! Michael Throneberry and the attorneys we worked with were focused on our peace of mind and seemed to care for my family and me as if we were family. They truly get it. We were thrilled with the result and would recommend this firm to anyone. M.S.
During one of my family's darkest and trying times, Michael Throneberry was there to provide help. His personal experience with mesothelioma made certain that he advised us like family. Thank you, you are wonderful. Do yourself a favor and let him help you during this trying time. He is a true 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. T.S.
Michael Throneberry gave me a whole new outlook on attorneys'! A very caring person who was more concerned with my health than a case. Truly unexpected! He explained possible conditions in english and even found the right doctors in my area. Prepared me for the right questions to ask the doctors so that I can understand my illness better. A great person and a great human being! Thank you. Greg