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How long does it take to diagnose mesothelioma?


Mesothelioma is a rare cancer whose symptoms mimic those of many common diseases. In the absence of a clear biopsy, it’s easy to misdiagnose. Correctly diagnosing mesothelioma can thus unfortunately take a long time.


The first step towards a diagnosis typically starts when a patient visits a general practitioner, either for symptoms springing from cancer or for an unrelated concern. The doctor may spot worrying signs on an x-ray, but that’s far from the final step. The patient will then likely be referred to a specialist for scans, such as CT or PET scans. They may be tested for biomarkers, substances in the blood that are often elevated in mesothelioma patients. Ultimately, the most reliable method is to obtain a sample of cancerous tissue and look at the cells under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy, and can be relatively minor, or a serious surgery.


How long does it take to diagnose mesothelioma?


Obtaining all these scans and tests may take place over several (or more) medical appointments, so the process can take weeks. In addition, misdiagnosis can greatly slow the process of learning what’s really going on. This disease can be mistaken for laryngitis, pneumonia, lung cancer, hernia, IBS, heart disease or even lupus.
While sick people naturally want quick answers, they may face waiting weeks or months for a correct diagnosis. People with a history of asbestos exposure should seek out doctors who are familiar with and aware of mesothelioma to avoid time-wasting errors in diagnosis.


If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to a cash settlement.  Please call us today to get the facts.  Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions.    Operators are standing by.  We want to help you, so please make the call today.


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