Mesothelioma is rare, but a deadly type of cancer. It often develops in lungs and the protective lining of abdomen due to asbestos inhalation. Asbestos exposure is caused by the material used at construction sites, or the material used in our home furniture’s.
Normally everyone breathes asbestos, but not everyone catches malignant mesothelioma. It develops due to constant exposures to the hazardous mineral in environment, or at jobsite, etc.
Here are major mesothelioma symptoms and types.
- Side chest or lower back pain
- Trouble Weight loss
- Trouble swallowing
- Face and arms swelling up
- in breathing
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma:
This is the second most common form of malignant mesothelioma, and it develops in abdomen. Here are peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms.
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma:
This is the rarest form of the deadly disease. Asbestos fibers get lodged into the protective lining of heart and cause pericardial mesothelioma. Here are the symptoms of this type.
- Irregular heartbeat
- Trouble breathing while lying flat
- Pain in chest
- Sweating at night
These are the major mesothelioma symptoms. They are pretty common and often caused by other ailments. For this reason, majority of the patients chooses to ignore the diagnoses. Hence the incurable condition when discovered at later stages. So when you notice any of the symptoms in yourself or someone you care for, make an appointment with doctor immediately to be on the safe side.
What are the Stages of Mesothelioma?
Once the disease has been diagnosed, the doctors would often use 4 stage model to describe the severity of it.
Initial stage – the tumor at this stage has not spread and is only located in one area of the body.
At this stage, the tumor has spread a little around nearby areas, but is still manageable and can be removed through a surgery.
Tumors have spread to the lymph nodes and nearby locations.
Tumors have spread into other areas and are destroying the other organs of the body.
Treatment of Mesothelioma:
Stage 1 and stage 2 mesothelioma can be treated by surgery. However, in stage 3 and 4, the tumor has spread into other parts of the body, making all the surgery methods ineffective. In these stages, malignant mesothelioma is treated palliatively (relieving pain rather than curing the disease).
These are some of mesothelioma symptoms, types and stages. The only way to avoid this cure is staying away from asbestos and keeping a close eye on the symptoms. The quickly this deadly disease is diagnosed, the better the survival chances.
Mesothelioma symptoms are same as symptoms of other minor diseases. Which leads towards neglecting them.