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Diagnosing testicular mesothelioma

Since testicular mesothelioma is a very rare form of this type of cancer, with only about 100 reported cases, it is unlikely that many people in North Carolina will suffer from it. However, it is good to recognize the symptoms since the disease is fast-moving but has a better prognosis than other forms of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos exposure, is incurable but can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Symptoms of testicular mesothelioma include swelling in the scrotum and pain and lumps in the testicles. Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis often happens. Most often, testicular mesothelioma is mistaken for and treated as a hernia. In these cases, the actual diagnosis may be found during surgery. Blood tests are more accurate and a biopsy is the most accurate way to identify testicular mesothelioma.

Early detection of mesothelioma means that treatments such as chemotherapy may be unnecessary. However, if the cancer appears as a secondary tumor or has metastasized, the focus may shift to palliative care.

This means that early and accurate detection of testicular mesothelioma can be critical to a person's treatment, prognosis and quality of life. This is true of a number of other diseases and conditions as well in which a correct early diagnosis can make the difference between a survivable disease that can be cured and one that is fatal. If a person or their loved one does suffer from a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a serious illness, this might constitute medical malpractice. An individual may want to discuss the issue with an attorney. If a lawsuit is filed, the court may consider whether the misdiagnosis is one that could have been reasonably made by a competent medical professional or if the medical professional neglected their duty of care in some way.

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