What Is Mesothelioma?
Here are some fast facts to consider about Mesothelioma:
- Mesothelioma is a malignant, cancerous terminal disease
- Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer where malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the body
- Mesothelioma is contracted by inhaled asbestos particles, dust and fibers
- Asbestos fibers absolutely take a foothold in the protective membrane, layers and linings known as the 'mesothelium'; a protective barrier that protects, covers and defends most of the body's internal organs including the stomach, heart and of course the lungs.
- There are 3 types of Mesothelioma that are identified: Pleural mesothelioma, Peritoneal mesothelioma, Pericardial mesothelioma
- Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs
- Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the stomach or abdominal cavity
- Pericardial mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers get into the lining near the heart
- Mesothelioma has four stages
- Diagnosis of Mesothelioma is difficult due to its long period of incubation within a human body.
- The most common early symptoms are shortness of breath and chest pains weight loss, a persistent cough or difficulty swallowing food
- Surgery is the primary type of treatment usually recommended for mesothelioma patients
- New mesothelioma treatments are the subject of countless clinical trials currently underway across the United States that includes
- They include photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy, drug therapy, gene therapy, and multimodality therapy
Here are some additional Resources for Mesothelioma:
- More information about mesothelioma
- National Cancer Institute Facts for Mesothelioma
- MedLinePlus US National Library of Medicine