Can anyone please explain me what exactly is mesothelioma ?Spinth21 - 7 Answers
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attack the layers of mesothelial cells, which form the thin lining (mesothelium) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart organs. The role of the mesothelium is to protect these organs by producing a lubricating fluid. The mesothelium found in the chest cavity is called the pleura and the mesothelium in the abdominal cavity is referred to as the peritoneum. The mesothelium that surrounds the heart is known as the pericardium. Almost all cases of mesothelioma are linked to exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma affects roughly 2,500-3,000 people in the United States per year. It can be difficult to diagnose mesothelioma because many of the mesothelioma symptoms are similar to those of a number of other conditions, including lung cancer, viral pneumonia, stomach cancer and heart disease. This disease is extremely threatening as it has a long latency period and can lie dormant for up to 50 years after exposure. There are three main types of malignant mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. In addition, malignant mesotheliomas are divided into three main ?cell types?.
* Note: The time between first exposure to a cancer-causing agent and clinical recognition of the disease is called the latency period.
Is the most common form of mesothelioma accounting for roughly 70% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Pleural mesothelioma begins in the chest cavity and affects the lungs. The most common way for pleural mesothelioma to present itself is through pleural effusion. The initial symptoms that a patient will experience due to the pleural effusion are dyspnea (difficulty breathing), chest pain and/or persistent cough some patients show no symptoms at all. Less common symptoms include fever, night sweats and weight loss.
Is the second most common form of mesothelioma and begins in the peritoneum. Peritoneal mesothelioma is sometimes referred to as ?abdominal mesothelioma?. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma: may include pain or swelling in the abdomen due to a build-up of fluid, nausea, weight loss, bowel obstruction, anemia or swelling of the feet.
Is the rarest form of mesothelioma and affects the heart. Pericardial mesothelioma is found in about 5% of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma: may include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations and chest pain.
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, gaskets, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney....
I speak from experience because I have been surrounded by people who worked in asbestos it is a very fast moving type of lung cancer and usually takes the persons life very fast .
There is not a whole lot in the way of treatment I hate to hear anyone diagnosed with it they give you morphine for the pain.
And just try to make the person comfortable it is different with each person my prayers go out to the one that has mesothelioma god bless
Mesothelioma is a specific cancer which occurs in the lung pleura which is the layer of cells lining the lungs known as the mseothelium. Mesothelioma can also occur in the lining of the abdominal cavity and the heart. This type of cancer is almost always associated with exposure to asbestos and is usually fatal....
Mesothelioma is the cancer which is caused due to overexposure to asbestos. IT may be malignant or active.
It is caused in the larynx and the throat.
IT may also cause Lung cancer.
You need to be very careful with this.
Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the mesothelium. It is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos....
It is lung cancer....