Mesothelioma cancer is a cancer that develops in the mesothelium tissues. The mesothelium is usually the name of the tissue that forms lining of different organs like heart, lungs, abdomen and genitals. Lining the abdominal organs is known as the peritoneal membrane. Lining around the lungs called the pleural membrane lining the heart called the pericardium.
These linings have two functions. They protect the internal organs by producing a lubricating fluid and to allow smooth movement of internal organs. Mesothelioma cancers are the cancers affecting these membranes. The names of cancer depends on the fabrics or coatings that affect them. peritoneal mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma are the names of cancer of the lining of the abdomen, lungs and heart, respectively. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common of all cancers and mesothelioma is found in 70% of patients with mesothelioma. peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 10% to 20% of all patients with pericardial mesothelioma mesothelioma third type is rare.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer
The symptoms of mesothelioma cancer are the same as other common diseases. It makes a diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer difficult. Pain and swelling in the abdomen, weakness, weight gain, loss of appetite and nausea are symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma. The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma is a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, weight loss, anorexia, weakness, chest pain, back pain and difficulty swallowing.
Mesothelioma cancer history is as old as 1900. It took about 60 years to collect enough information about these types of cancer and mesothelioma. At the end of the sixth decade of the last century, experts were able to conclude that exposure to asbestos particles is the reason behind the disease. JC Wagner was a first research report of 32 cases of mesothelioma cancer and confirmed its association with exposure to asbestos.
A worrying aspect about mesothelioma cancer has extended the period of latency. These tumors may be asymptomatic in the body for up to 50 years. Chances of survival of mesothelioma patients are rare and the average survival time after diagnosis is up to 12-24 months. Surgery if diagnosed early, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, there are some common treatments for all types of mesothelioma cancer. People who suffer from mesothelioma cancer can be an action for damages for medical expenses and other damages. They can make lawsuits against individuals and companies responsible for asbestos exposure.