There are three types of mesothelioma: pericardial, peritoneal, & pleural. Each type has its own distinct signs, symptoms, and treatments.
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Pericardial is the least common form of mesothelioma, and invades the pericardium sac that encircles the heart. The heart becomes unable to deliver oxygen to the body as the cancer progresses, and as a result, the patient’s health decreases rapidly. If found early enough that the tumor is relatively small, it may be possible to surgically remove it. Unfortunately, because early diagnoses are uncommon, this isn’t often an option.
This is a very dangerous form of mesothelioma that attacks the lining around the abdomen and spreads out rapidly to involve such organs as the liver and bowel. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, difficulty in moving the bowels, nausea, fever, vomiting, and swollen feet. A combination of surgery and chemotherapy are often used to treat peritoneal mesothelioma, which has proven more effective at extending the patient’s life than any one single method of treatment.
Pleural mesothelioma usually attacks the chest or lungs, and typically spreads out to numerous organs in the body. Symptoms are mild – which makes it hard to diagnose – and include continuous pain in one area of the chest, weight loss, fever, and breathing problems. Pleural mesothelioma is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, either singly or in combination with one another.
The key to getting the most complete and effective treatment possible for your mesothelioma is not to ignore any symptoms. Make sure your doctor knows of your exposure to asbestos, so that time isn’t wasted with misdiagnoses.
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