Asbestos related lung cancer, as the name suggests is cancer of the lung. Anyone who has been exposed to sufficient quantities of asbestos fibres is at risk of developing lung cancer. Asbestos related lung cancer is quite rare in people who worked with asbestos, or asbestos containing products (ACMs) and did not smoke. It is suggested that those who were exposed to asbestos fibres/dust and smoked are more prone to developing asbestos related lung cancer, than those who did not smoke. To relate asbestos related lung cancer to asbestos fibre exposure (in a legal sense), a person needs to have been exposed to significant quantities of asbestos fibres. Asbestos related lung cancer is generally diagnosed by way of biopsy.
Not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos, even if they smoked, will develop asbestos related lung cancer or another asbestos related disease (ARD).
Treatment for sufferers diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer is essentially the same as for anyone else diagnosed with lung cancer. Options for treatment include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Supportive Care Options
Supportive Care Options is about maintaining or improving quality of life for sufferers of asbestos or dust related disease, at the same time allowing their loved ones to also have a quality of life during all stages of the disease. It is about working out what support and care options are available, and then putting in place strategies to help sufferers and their loved ones navigate the journey ahead in the best possible way.
Supportive Care Options should be discussed as soon as possible after diagnosis with your treating physician, hospital social worker or other care providers. You should also talk immediately with a specialist asbestos dust litigator regarding possible compensation.
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