What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma the medical name for cancer of the pleura (the
lining of the lung and chest cavity) or cancer of the peritoneum
(the lining of the abdomen). It is usually caused by prolonged or
persistent exposure to asbestos.
Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until between twenty
and fifty years after exposure, which explains why so many new
cases of this form of cancer are coming to light now, even though
the dangers of asbestos were realized long ago and measures taken
to reduce the risk of the disease.
As with many forms of cancer, the mesothelioma tumor can
spread rapidly, often infecting the opposite pleura, and
continuing on to other internal organs. Symptoms include a
shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing, and loss of
Testing can be carried out initially by X-Ray, with a Thoric
CT and open lung biopsy being used to confirm the findings of the
early tests. If it is diagnosed early enough, the tumor can be
surgically removed, and with follow-up chemotherapy and radiation
treatment, full recovery is often possible.
However, in more advanced cases, cure is usually not possible.
In such cases, chemotherapy and radiation treatment can be used
alongside other pain relief treatments, to ease the symptoms.
Where cure is not possible, the average survival time is between
four and eighteen months, depending on the stage of the tumor and
the general health of the patient.
About The Author: Angela Cambourne owns and maintains the Mesothelioma Hub, an
extensive resource site. http://www.mesothelioma-hub.com.
research and reports updated
Fri. July / 19 / 2019
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