Mesothelioma Symptoms and Treatments

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Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma depend on where the asbestos infection occurs. Pleural mesothelioma, that affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, often causes noticeable signs and symptoms which can include: chest pain. Shortness of breath accompanied by cough. Lumps in the chest. It is also possible to get pleural mesothelioma that affects the lining of the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma) or the cavity surrounding the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).


Mesothelioma symptoms and signs include general abdominal pain and swelling, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and fever. The appearance of these symptoms may be either unusual or typical for mesothelioma. In pleural mesothelioma the signs and symptoms are: chest pain and swelling, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Treatment of this type of mesothelioma usually involves the use of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy or a combination of these. Sometimes surgery or radiation therapy is used alone, sometimes it is combined with surgery. The best course of treatment for a person with this type of mesothelioma is to treat the disease as soon as possible.

Treatment options for this disease include surgery to remove the tumor. Another option is to treat the disease with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. There are many people who believe that there are different types of mesothelioma treatments. However, in reality there is only one treatment option. This treatment is called surgery, and it is one of the most successful forms of treating mesothelioma. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of people who choose to do without surgery because they simply don’t like the idea of surgery, or they can’t afford it.

Pericardial Mesothelioma affects the tissue around the heart, and can be either benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). The symptoms for pericardial mesothelioma may include persistent aching pain in the chest area, especially after a heart attack, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating. If these symptoms persist for longer than a few days, then you should get checked out by your doctor. Treatment for this form of mesothelioma may include placing a catheter into the affected heart to remove fluid or other materials that are involved in the growth of the mesothelioma. Chemotherapy or radiation may also be used in order to kill any remaining cancer cells.

Irrespective of the type of mesothelioma that you have, you should see a doctor as soon as possible so that you can start treatment that will not only address the current symptoms, but prevent it from getting worse. In fact, treatment for this condition begins even before symptoms are first noticed, since the sooner you begin to receive treatment, the better your chances of avoiding any long-term consequences. Unfortunately, some people don’t realize that they have this condition until it’s too late, and the symptoms worsen to the point where they need invasive surgery or other more drastic measures. When this happens, it’s very important that you take extra care over the way you feel and make sure to inform your doctor immediately of any new symptoms that you experience.

Lastly, you must remember that you cannot be too careful when it comes to the protection of yourself, your family, and your friends, especially if you’ve been exposed to asbestos. It is important to have a safe environment around you at all times, including from anyone whom you’ve had contact with. Anytime that you experience unexplained stomach pains, shortness of breath, or any other unusual physical symptoms, you should immediately contact your doctor in order to find out whether the symptoms are connected to mesothelioma. While you can certainly wait for traditional treatment to begin, the earlier that you begin to seek medical help, the better your chances will be of making a full recovery.

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