Two of the most often seen forms of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, which involves the lining of the lungs, and peritoneal mesothelioma, which concerns the lining of the abdominal cavity. There are rare forms of mesothelioma as well – one which has to do with the heart, and the other with the scrotum in men and the ovaries in women.
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What’s the problem?
Mesothelioma of the reproductive organs in men and women is extremely rare and is technically considered a cancer of the abdominal lining, as the lining itself extends into that region. This form of the disease has a poor prognosis, with treatments such as surgery to remove the affected organs followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy often utilized. Even after these treatments, patients rarely survive more than 12 to 18 months with this condition. It is often identified from tumors and lumps found in the testicles and ovaries, but is usually diagnosed at a late stage of the cancer’s development.
Another rare form of mesothelioma is cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum – a layer of mesothelial cells covering many organs in the abdomen – which is usually found in young women. Its prognosis is benign with the majority having surgical resection. There have been reports of many cases of cyst recurrence, so hormonal therapy is typically used to try and control the size of cysts and alleviate some of the symptoms. Treatment includes extensive electron microscopy and immunohistochemical studies.
Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest type of the disease. It is responsible for between 5 and 15 percent of asbestos-related cancer fatalities in the United States annually. It is the form of mesothelioma that is linked to very long term exposure to asbestos, with most of the individuals that have it spending the majority of their lives working in close proximity to the mineral. Patients with this form of cancer in its advanced stages are given between 6 weeks and a year to live.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
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