Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma is an unusual kind of melanoma that happens in the slim part of tissues coating your body parts, known as the mesothelium. Physicians split asbestos into different kinds based on what part of the mesothelium is affected. Mesothelioma most often impacts the tissues that encompass the respiratory system (pleura). This kind is called pleural malignant Mesothelioma. Other unusual kinds of asbestos impact tissues located in the stomach (peritoneal mesothelium), around the heart and around a man’s testes.

Mesothelioma Signs & Symptoms

The signs and symptoms for Mesothelioma vary from its type to type.

Pleural mesothelium

  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual mounds of tissues under the skin on your chest
  • Unexplained bodyweight loss
  • Chest discomfort under the rib cage

Peritoneal mesothelium

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Lumps of tissues in the abdomen
  • Unexplained bodyweight loss
  • Abdominal pain

Mesothelioma Treatment

The treatment for this dreadful disease depends on the stage on which it has been detected. The treatment is advised and auctioned accordingly by a panel of doctors. The treatments include;

  • Surgery to reduce liquid buildup
  • Surgery to eliminate the tissues around the respiratory system or abdomen
  • Surgery to eliminate as much of the melanoma as possible (debulking)
  • Surgery to eliminate a bronchi and the nearby tissue
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Clinical trials

Mesothelioma Causes

The causes which trigger Mesothelioma are;

  • Smoking
  • Radiation exposure
  • Carbon nanotubes

Mesothelioma Tests & Procedures

The tests and procedures to determine Mesothelioma are;

  • Biopsy
  • Fine-needle aspiration
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Laparotomy
  • Chest X ray
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • PET

Mesothelioma Preventive Measures

Minimizing the exposure to asbestos is the prime preventive measure of Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Treatment Cost

Mesothelioma treatment cost might amount to more than $150,000 depending on the hospital you choose.

Mesothelioma Side Effects

Treating mesothelium has the following side-effects;

  • Pain
  • Reduced blood counts
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Neurological issues
  • Bleeding and Clotting issues
  • Persistent Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Immune Suppression
  • Hair loss
  • Scarring/disfigurement
  • Loss of self-worth/Self-Image
  • Embarrassment
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling burdensome
  • Loss of status via Loss of job
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Loss of Libido
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Anger
  • Recrimination
  • Unhappiness