What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. It is a rare form of cancer that affects the protective layer of internal organs. Malignant Mesothelioma is an asbestos related cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Many Mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos in their work environment or in the homes they lived in or the products they used prior to anyone knowing the harm asbestos can cause.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that was used for many years because of its fire proof properties. Asbestos was used in home and industrial construction materials including insulation and siding for homes. It was used in consumer products such as hair dryers. Asbestos was used for anything that needed heat insulation.
What are the symptoms of Mesothelioma?
The symptoms of vary between Mesothelioma victims because Mesothelioma does not only a lung cancer disease. The symptoms will depend on what area of the body has been affected. Although the most common form s found in the lungs of Mesothelioma patients.
Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma, the most common form of the disease, affects the tissue surrounding the lungs. The symptoms include shortness of breath, painful to breathe, painful to cough, pain in the chest area and under the rib cage, lumps in the chest area, unintended weight loss, chronic dry cough, fatigue, unexplained fever and night sweats.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding abdominal area. The symptoms include unintended weight loss, pain in the abdominal area, anemia, swelling of the abdominal area, bowel obstruction, unexplained fever and blotting clotting problems.
Pericardial Mesothelioma affects the tissue protecting the heart. The symptoms include chest pain, lumps on the chest, unintended weight loss, irregular heart rhythm, unexplained fever, difficult and painful breathing.
Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis affects the tissue surrounding the testicles. The symptoms include testicular pain, mass on the testicles and unexplained fever.
How is Mesothelioma diagnosed?
There are a variety of tests performed to make a Malignant Mesothelioma diagnosis. They include a biopsy, thoracoscopy, mediastinoscopy, laparoscopy, X-rays, CT scan, PET scan, and MRI. Only your doctor can make a definitive diagnosis based on the results of one or more of these tests.
How is Mesothelioma treated?
Mesothelioma patients have the following treatment options which are usually combined into a treatment plan. Mesothelioma treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
What is the prognosis for a Malignant Mesothelioma victim?
The prognosis varies from patient to patient. It depends on factors such as age, how advanced the cancer is, has it already been treated?
Malignant Mesothelioma is very rare and can have an incubation period of 20 to 30 years or more. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have a cluster of symptoms, see a Mesothelioma specialist for a diagnosis.