Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may now show for 20-40 years, but they include shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, and weight loss.
Following information is from Asbestos.com
Exposure to asbestos, mostly in high-risk jobs, including construction, firefighting and military service, is the leading cause of mesothelioma.
Doctors treat mesothelioma with radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. But medical advances, such as immunotherapy, are extending lives.
Asbestos lawsuits or asbestos trust funds can provide patients and their families the compensation needed to pay for treatments, lost wages or other financial burdens."
Following information is from MesotheliomaGuide
"Types of Malignant Mesothelioma:
Mesothelioma cancer occurs in a protective lining called the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a thin membrane that protects and lubricates several important organs and body cavities. When people are exposed to asbestos, the sharp fibers can become lodged in the mesothelium and eventually cause cells to become cancerous.
Pleural mesothelioma makes up roughly 75 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Mesothelioma develops in the lungs when asbestos fibers are inhaled and lodge into the lining of the lungs (pleura). The average life expectancy of a person with pleural mesothelioma is between 12 and 21 months depending on how advanced the disease is and the treatments they receive.
Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 20 to 25 percent of all mesothelioma cases. It is the most common diagnosis after pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal patients have longer life expectancies than those with other types of mesothelioma. Some studies report patients living upwards of 5 years after cytoreductive surgery.
Pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the pericardium. It is currently unknown how the asbestos fibers get into the pericardium, and this type of mesothelioma is extremely hard to detect. Men are two times more likely to be diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma than women. There have been cases of pericardial mesothelioma metastasizing to the lung or abdomen."
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