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Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer | Prognosis, Treatment & Legal Help

Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer | Prognosis, Treatment & Legal Help

Mesothelioma Cancer Help

Malignant mesothelioma is a very aggressive and painful cancer whose symptoms vary from one patient to another and depending on the area of ​​the body affected.

Mesothelioma occurs most often in the tissue surrounding the lungs (pleural) but can also occur in the tissue of the abdomen (peritoneal), the tissue surrounding the heart (pericardial) and the tissue surrounding the testes (vaginal tunica).

The mesothelium is composed of mesothelial cells, which provide a protective surface and play a role in a number of processes such as fluid transport, inflammation and tissue repair.

The mesothelium lining the pleural, peritoneal and pericardial cavities, as well as the testicles.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can enter the mesothelium and damage the mesothelial cells, possibly leading to the development of malignant tumors.

Types of Mesothelioma Cancers


Pleural mesothelioma
The most common type of cancer is malignant mesothelioma of the pleura, which affects the pleura - the mesothelial membrane lining the lungs and chest wall.

Mesothelioma that starts in the pleura usually results from inhalation of asbestos fibers. Tumors that develop in the pleura can spread to the diaphragm, heart and nearby thoracic blood vessels. Early symptoms may include shortness of breath, pleural effusion (pleural fluid accumulation), chest pain, coughing, and lack of energy.

Although cancer can spread ("metastasize") from the pleura to the lung, the site of origin is the actual pleural tissue surrounding the lung - not the lung itself. (There are many differences between mesothelioma and lung cancer.)

Peritoneal mesothelioma
When developing in the peritoneum, the mesothelial membrane that covers the abdominal cavity and its organs, the cancer is called peritoneal mesothelioma (or abdominal mesothelioma).

Malignant mesothelioma is a very aggressive and painful cancer whose symptoms vary from one patient to another and depending on the area of ​​the body affected.

Mesothelioma occurs most often in the tissues surrounding the lungs (pleural) but can also occur in the tissues of the abdomen (peritoneal), the tissues surrounding the heart (pericardial) and the tissues surrounding the testicles (vaginal tunica).

The mesothelium is composed of mesothelial cells, which provide a protective surface and play a role in many processes such as fluid transport, inflammation and tissue repair.

The mesothelium lining the pleural, peritoneal and pericardial cavities, as well as the testicles.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can enter the mesothelium and damage the mesothelial cells, possibly leading to the development of malignant tumors.

Types of Mesothelioma Cancers


Pleural mesothelioma
The most common type of cancer is malignant mesothelioma of the pleura, which affects the pleura - the mesothelial membrane lining the lungs and chest wall.

Mesothelioma that starts in the pleura usually results from inhalation of asbestos fibers. Tumors that develop in the pleura can spread to the diaphragm, heart and nearby thoracic blood vessels. Early symptoms may include shortness of breath, pleural effusion (pleural fluid accumulation), chest pain, coughing, and lack of energy.

Although cancer can spread ("metastasize") from the pleura to the lung, the site of origin is the actual pleural tissue surrounding the lung - not the lung itself. (There are many differences between mesothelioma and lung cancer.)

Peritoneal mesothelioma
When developing in the peritoneum, the mesothelial membrane that covers the abdominal cavity and its organs, the cancer is called peritoneal mesothelioma (or abdominal mesothelioma).

The cause: exposure to asbestos

Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of malignant mesothelioma.

Asbestos is a fiber that was once widely used in hundreds of building, industrial, housing and housing products and is still present in millions of workplaces and homes in the United States.

The risk of exposure to asbestos remains a very real danger and the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma do not appear until at least 15 years after exposure to asbestos.

For those working with or around products containing asbestos, airborne fibers can be inhaled or ingested, lodged in the tissue lining the lung (called the pleura), the chest cavity or the abdominal cavity.

These fibers can remain in the body for decades before malignant mesothelioma develops.