A diagnosis of cancer can be a devastating event in any individual's life. When that diagnosis, however, centers on a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma, many equate it to a death sentence. By the time most individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma there are few to no effective treatment options. In fact, the majority of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma die within months of being diagnosed.
A 72-year-old man was recently on the receiving end of learning he has mesothelioma. For more than 40 years, the man worked as a machinist to support his wife and children. During this time, he was unknowingly and likely repeatedly exposed to dangerous materials that contained asbestos fibers.