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Testicular mesothelioma and failures to diagnose

Some Pennsylvania residents whose work has involved working around asbestos unfortunately can develop mesothelioma. In about 70 percent of the cases, they have lung cancer as a result. Mesothelioma may also attack other areas of the body instead of the lungs, however. It may develop in the heart, abdomen or the testicles. Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest type of the disease with about 100 known cases.

People who develop testicular mesothelioma have better prognoses than people who develop other forms of it. On average, they live between 20 and 23 months longer. It is still classified as an aggressive disease, meaning it can rapidly metastasize. If it is caught early, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy may be an option.

Testicular mesothelioma is characterized by scrotal swelling caused by a buildup of fluid. People who have the condition may also have pain and lumps in their testicles. Because it is a rare disease, patients may be misdiagnosed by their doctors as having hernias. When testicular mesothelioma is not caught in time, the sufferers may end up with cancers that have spread and not respond to treatment.

When people who have cancer are not diagnosed in time, they may suffer serious harm. A doctor's failure to diagnose cancer may amount to actionable medical malpractice under certain circumstances. It must be demonstrated that such error constituted a failure by the practitioner to exhibit the requisite standard of care, and an attorney representing such a patient will endeavor to do so through the use of expert medical opinion testimony and other evidence.

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