Scientists at Oxford University may have developed a test that is more sensitive to diagnosing mesothelioma.
The researchers were seeking to find a method to distinguish mesothelioma as a cause of pleural effusion, the build-up of fluid in the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs. Pleural effusion has many causes, but more than 90% of people with mesothelioma have this symptom.
The study looked at levels of the protein mesothelin - which is released in high quantities in the pleural fluid of most patients with mesothelioma.
It was found that quantities of the protein were much greater in patients with mesothelioma than in those with secondary lung cancers, and 10 times higher than those with benign conditions.
It is hoped that this technique will allow doctors to diagnose mesothelioma at an earlier stage, using fewer invasive procedures. This will mean doctors can intervene at an earlier stage to treat the cancer, and claims for compensation for mesothelioma can be instigated earlier.
The study is due to be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at the start of September.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
"The group is praised for its commitment to 'demystifying the legal process' while this is a firm for which the client has always been a priority"
Fieldfisher has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Charities we support
Final victory in Bussey mesothelioma claim
Peter Williams of Fieldfisher is pleased to confirm that following agreement from the defendant to pay full damages plus costs in favour of Mr Bussey, the case has finally settled.
Bussey decision comes too late for carpenter exposed to asbestos in 1960s London
Our most recent settlement in the case of Alan Kaszubowski sadly highlights how important the Bussey judgement was.
Asbestos rulings provide glimmer of hope for cancer sufferers
Employers can no longer hide behind a statistic that claimed to show a ‘safe’ level of exposure, which could pave the way for a wave of compensation claims, writes Peter Williams for The Times Brief.
Claimant lawyers hail landmark asbestos risk ruling
Caroline Pinfold's landmark case of Bussey vs Anglia Heating Ltd. was featured in the Law Society Gazette