The Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler recently reviewed a research article that appeared in the October issue of the PLOS ONE Journal. Researchers have identified a group of specific bio-markers that may enable individuals exposed to asbestos to get an early diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, which in turn would give them the chance for earlier medical treatment and potentially curative interventions.
Researchers from multiple medical institutions worked in a collaborative effort to develop a test that was noninvasive and allowed for early detection of malignant mesothelioma. The new study compared blood samples of individuals having a history of an asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma with those who had an asbestos exposure but did not develop the disease. The team of researchers examined the concentrations of over 1,000 proteins in the blood samples and was able to discover a panel of 13 blood proteins that can be linked to the disease even in its earliest stages. Essentially, this means that patients could be diagnosed earlier, thereby starting effective treatments sooner with the potential for increased survival rates and a better quality of life.
Using the 13-biomarker panel, the detection of malignant mesothelioma had an overall accuracy rate of 92%. The sensitivity for detection of the disease in Stage I and Stage II was 88% which indicates that the majority of malignant mesothelioma cases at the earlier potentially curable stages could be detected through the use of the new blood test.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, we encourage you to contact one of the experienced and knowledgeable Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler to discuss the circumstances of your situation and the legal options that are available to you. Our highly skilled litigators can assist you in preparing a solid mesothelioma lawsuit, fight for your rights, and secure you the financial compensation to which you are entitled to under the law. Our lawyers are proud to protect the rights of mesothelioma patients and their families throughout the state of Pennsylvania including Philadelphia County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and Delaware County as well as throughout the state of New Jersey. We offer free, confidential consultations. Call today at 215-569-4000 or submit an online contact form.