Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Information About Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of asbestos cancer that forms in the lining of the abdomen, which is called the peritoneum. Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for up to 30 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses.[1]

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma often do not present themselves for decades following asbestos exposure. They all relate to the retention of fluids in the abdomen and to the expansion of the tumor. The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:[2]

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Elevated white blood count

Because the symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma take a long time to manifest and are common to other diseases and conditions, the diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma often takes place when the cancer is already at an advanced stage.[3] The only way to diagnose peritoneal mesothelioma is through a surgical biopsy. Treatment options include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor. These options do not always produce favorable outcomes for the patient, and many families ultimately decide on palliative care to maximize the patient’s quality of life.

The average survival rate from diagnosis is 10 months and just 16 percent of patients are still alive after five years.[4]

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, families must make a number of medical and legal decisions in rapid succession. For over 40 years, our asbestos lawyers have helped mesothelioma patients pursue compensation from asbestos manufacturers and employers. In fact, our attorneys were some of the first in the country to successfully pursue mesothelioma lawsuits.

We stand ready to help you secure compensation for your mesothelioma diagnosis. We will begin with a free, no-obligation consultation and will walk you through your rights and the process for seeking compensation. We know the impact a mesothelioma diagnosis has on your life and will travel to meet you wherever you would like. Contact us to begin the process without delay.

RPWB is a nationally recognized asbestos and mesothelioma law firm. US News & World Report lists us a 2020 Best Law Firm.[5] Twelve of our attorneys were named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list, making us the top-rated mass tort law firm in the country as well as the top-ranked product liability firm South Carolina.[6]  For the past five years, The Legal 500 has named RPWB as one of the top six law firms in the United States for asbestos litigation and other toxic torts.[7] Many of our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers as being among the best in their practice areas. Our experience is so well established that we serve as national trial counsel for other law firms’ asbestos and mesothelioma cases.

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