What is The Difference Between Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma? – NY Lawyer Joe Williams explains
Listen as Joe Williams explains the difference between lung cancer and mesothelioma, both of which can be caused by asbestos.
Lung cancer is a malignancy that grows inside the lung’s parenchyma. The parenchyma is a spongy organ within the ribcage. Importantly, there are many different cell types of lung cancer, but generally it is a discrete tumor inside this parenchyma, the tissue of the lung. Often, you will hear this tumor referred to as a golf ball like tumor or a nodule.
Mesothelioma is very different. This specific cancer has just two cell types, epithelial mesothelioma and sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Additionally, you could have a combination of the two, called biphasic mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining outside the lung. This area is known as the pleura. There are a parietal pleura and visceral pleura, and both interact with the outside of the lung and inside of the rib cage. Between the two, there is a liquid so that as the diaphragm involuntarily contracts, it pushes this spongy lung tissue up, and it allows us to take a breath.
When someone has a malignant mesothelioma tumor of these pleural surfaces, breathing can be very painful, and it causes a mesothelioma victim to experience shortness of breath. This type of tumor is a defused tumor that grows in a defused pattern along the pleural surface, and it tends to encase the lung area. Watch the video to learn more.
Above, we have detailed some of the differences between lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you have additional questions regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, I want you to call me at 855-805-MESO. Visit our website at http://www.williamstriallawyers.com, where you can view more videos and media content regarding our law firm.
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