It has been known since the mid-1930’s that asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer.

Unlike mesothelioma, cigarettes or other tobacco products may also play a role in causing your lung cancer. 

If you were exposed to asbestos and smoked cigarettes, your chances of contracting lung cancer are greatly increased.

Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure is a latent disease, meaning the timeframe from your exposure to asbestos to the development of your lung cancer can range from 15 up to 50 years.  For example, you may have been exposed to asbestos in the 1960’s and developed lung cancer caused by asbestos today.

If detected early, the lung cancer tumor can be successfully removed during surgery by either a lobectomy or wedge resection in which the surgeon removes a portion of your lung that contains the cancerous tumor.

 Chemotherapy or radiation have also been helpful in shrinking the lung cancer tumor, although these cancer treatments have side effects.

Most recently, immunotherapy, with the drug Keytruda, has been shown to shrink lung cancer tumors, without harsh side effects.

You don’t have to personally handle asbestos in order to get lung cancer.  Lung cancer from asbestos has occurred in people who have either:

  • Worked directly with asbestos products;
  • Worked in the same area on the jobsites where co-workers or outside contractors were using asbestos products;
  • Family members who were exposed to asbestos fibers brought home on their husband’s dusty work clothes;
  • Environmental exposure from the negligent release of asbestos fibers into your neighborhood from a Plant or factory using asbestos;
  • Spouses who laundered their husband’s dusty work clothes.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, please contact us today and we will schedule an appointment to come to your home and meet with you and your family to explain your legal rights.