doctors may suspect peritoneal mesothelioma if the patient
complains of stomach, chest, or abdominal pain. Suspicious hernias may
actually be a pleural effusion caused by peritoneal tumor growth.
Misdiagnosis is common and patients will likely undergo multiple imaging
scans and a diagnostic biopsy before an official diagnosis is made.
Diagnostic procedures in which fluid is extracted from the peritoneum
for lab testing are the only way to conclusively diagnose peritoneal
mesothelioma. Samples will be examined for the presence of malignant
cells. Once malignant cells are detected, further testing will be needed
to classify these cells as malignant mesothelioma.
What are a patient's options?
Patients of peritoneal mesothelioma may be eligible for financial
compensation if they were harmfully exposed to asbestos. Industrial
exposures were common and those exposed have collected compensation to
finance high treatment costs. For additional information on your legal
rights of mesothelioma please fill out the brief contact form on this