Treatment for asbestos-related health problems
Nonmalignant illnesses are those other than cancer. Treatment for nonmalignant illnesses such as asbestosis and pleural disease involves preventing further complications and treating symptoms. Once established, these diseases can remain stable or become more severe, even without further exposure. The diseases rarely become less severe.
Malignant illnesses are those that are cancerous. Treatment options for patients diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer of the lung or pleura (lining of the chest wall) may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these. Information about cancer treatment is available from the National Cancer Institute-Supported Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).