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Asbestos Exposure Lung Cancer Survivor – Patrick Appert


Patient Bio:

Patrick Appert
After having exposure to asbestos and being diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, Patrick Appert and his wife travelled to Boston to meet with Dr. David Sugarbaker, a Mesothelioma Doctor who treats asbestos symptoms in 2011. He had received mesothelioma treatment surgery that year, and has continued seeing Dr. Sugarbaker, even following him when he came to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sugarbaker’s comprehensive lung and mesothelioma treatment centers focus on increasing patient life expectancy. Now, years later, Mr. Appert leads a very active life with his wife and family.


Patients with Asbestos poisoning deal with Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms.

Asbestos Exposure accounts for the majority of all mesothelioma cases. The asbestos build up develops in the thin tissue layer around the lungs called the pleura. Patients may suffer from a variety of asbestos symptoms. The most common asbestosis symptoms include:

Persistent coughing or wheezing
Night sweats / fever
Shortness of breath
Difficulty swallowing
Weight loss
Chest wall pain

Their search/story:

Patrick Appert was told he was exposed to asbestos dust. He then set out to understand the signs and symptoms of asbestos lung disease and looked around for help in his local city for an asbestos cure to treat this form of lung cancer caused by asbestos. He came to the conclusion that this form of advanced lung cancer can be treated by a few mesothelioma doctors. His primary questions were: “Is asbestos cancer curable?” “Is asbestos cancer a death sentence?”

Patrick searched for an Asbestos Doctor and found Dr. Sugarbaker, an internationally-recognized lung cancer expert, who treats asbestos disease. Dr. Sugarbaker’s primary focus is to remove as much asbestos as possible from the lung and increase his patients’ life expectancy.

Dr. Sugarbakers Profile:
Dr. Sugarbaker is one of the world’s leading experts in treating asbestos exposure and symptoms. With his years of experience and innovations in asbestos treatment, it’s no wonder Dr. Sugarbaker is the go-to guy when it comes to asbestosis treatment. Dr. Sugarbaker has developed a “three pronged approach” to treating malignant pleural mesothelioma. Dr. Sugarbaker’s three pronged approach encompasses chemotherapy, radical surgery, and radiation therapy to treat patients with asbestos poisoning.

Asbestos Treatment:

Sugarbaker’s renowned treatment for mesothelioma patients includes: asbestos removal procedures

• Extrapleural pneumonectomy – a procedure honed and nearly perfected by Dr. Sugarbaker while he led the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 25 year. Extrapleural pneumonectomy involves removing the ailing lung and areas surrounding the disease with some exception, this procedure is primarily reserved for early cancer patients whose asbestos disease affects only one pleural surface. Other necessary criteria include good health and optimal functioning of the heart and kidney are necessary.

• Pleurectomy – a procedure that removes the lung’s lining layers (the pleura) and surrounding tumors, without removing the entire lung (unlike the extra pneumonectomy procedure). Eligible patients usually have an early-stage cancer, or Stage 1, diagnosis. Likewise, the patient must be in generally good health.
• Chemotherapy – an adjuvant strategy included in Dr. Sugarbaker’s three-pronged treatment approach. After surgery patients may receive chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer. With some success Dr. Sugarbaker has been experimenting with a more advanced chemotherapy that targets the molecular level of cancer cells.
• Radiation –an adjuvant strategy also employed after surgery. External beam variety radiation is used to kill off any remaining cancer cells post-surgery.

After Treatment:
Patrick Appert is an Asbestos lung cancer survivor. Before he sought treatment from Dr. Sugarbaker, he was told that he only had 9 to 11 months to live. Now it has been 2 years, and he still enjoys life to the fullest. His favorite activities are woodworking and building model airplanes. He is proud to be an asbestos cancer survivor.


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