What Are the Differences Between Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma?

People who are exposed to asbestos may be at risk of developing deadly conditions in and around their lungs, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Both conditions cause similar symptoms during their development, including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, unexplained weight loss, and fatigue.

Both conditions are serious and can even be fatal, but some of the differences between them include:

  • Location of the disease – Lung cancer forms in the tissue of the lungs themselves, while mesothelioma typically affects the lining between the lungs and ribs known as the pleura. Both conditions can spread to other parts of the body, with mesothelioma often spreading to the abdominal organs and the heart.
  • Survival rate – The prognosis for both lung cancer and mesothelioma is grim. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is around 18 percent, while it’s less than 10 percent for mesothelioma. Early detection is key, but many sufferers don’t become symptomatic until their diseases have progressed into advanced stages.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how devastating mesothelioma can be for patients and their families. Treatment options are often ineffective, and many patients undergo difficult therapies with little hope of going into remission.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our mesothelioma lawyers want to help. We’ve helped many victims of this condition and their families, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Call today for a free consultation.