Mesothelioma

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022
malignant mesothelioma "malignant mesothelioma", by Terese Winslow (Illustrator). Drawing shows parts of the body where malignant mesothelioma may form, including the pleura (the tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs), the pericardium (the tissue that surrounds the heart), the peritoneum...

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. One of the most common type of mesothelioma forms in the tissue around the lungs, called the pleura. You will get tests to see if targeted therapy is right for your cancer type prior to this therapy is used. You might want to ask your medical professional if participating in a clinical test would be right for you. Dealing with materials that include asbestos can release tiny asbestos fibers, too small to see, into the air. Not everyone who is exposed to asbestos will get mesothelioma or other cancers. Risk aspects for mesothelioma consist of, Being subjected to asbestos at the workplace; Living with someone that deals with asbestos; Living or functioning in a building where materials that have asbestos have been disrupted. The majority of people that get it have worked on jobs where they breathed in asbestos bits. After being subjected to asbestos, it usually takes a very long time for the disease to form. Symptoms consist of: Trouble breathing; Pain under the chest; Pain, swelling, or swellings in the abdomen; Weight loss for no recognized reason. Your doctor uses imaging tests and a biopsy to make the diagnosis. Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances that attack specific cancer cells with less harm to normal cells. Mesothelioma primarily impacts the lining of the lungs, although it can additionally influence the cellular lining of the belly, heart or testicles. The symptoms of mesothelioma tend to develop gradually with time. Symptoms of mesothelioma in the lining of the lungs consist of: chest pain; shortness of breath; exhaustion; a high temperature and sweating, particularly at evening; a persistent coughing; anorexia nervosa and unusual weight management; clubbed fingertips. Symptoms of mesothelioma in the cellular lining of the belly include: belly pain or swelling; feeling or being sick; loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss; diarrhoea or irregularity. Tell them about any exposure to asbestos you may have had in the past. Materials containing asbestos are still found in many older structures.

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