Evidence exists to support the theory that a person can develop mesothelioma from radiation exposure – specifically, from exposure to ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation consists of energetic forms of light, such as X-rays and gamma rays, which are generated by various nuclear and electromagnetic processes. These forms of radiation are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, such as with the familiar medical or dental X-ray or the powerful “gamma knife” therapy for cancer. Evidence exists to support the theory that a person can develop mesothelioma from radiation exposure – specifically, from exposure to ionizing radiation.
However, a recent study has uncovered evidence that such therapeutic uses of radiation treatments can trigger mesothelioma in some people.
In a study of four mesothelioma patients, three were found to have developed mesothelioma tumors in areas that had been surgically treated with therapeutic radiation years before; mesothelioma in the fourth patient developed near the site of a prior cosmetic radiation treatment. Surprisingly, none of the patients in the study showed any evidence of asbestos exposure.
While the results of this study do not prove that a link exists between radiation and mesothelioma, the possibility remains.
If you have been treated with radiation and mesothelioma has developed, you may be owed compensation. Contact one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers for an assessment of your case.