Mesothelioma (Rare Cancer) Signs and Symptoms

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Brief History Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that has been brought to our attention with continual ads telling us if you believe you have been around Asbestos contact so and so immediately. What the commercial fails to tell you is the history the signs or the symptoms it touches completely on the possible cause. Mesothelioma takes years to develop symptoms of the cancerous disease could take 20 to 50 years and does not show up normally until a person is in there 60's however in the last few years a number of reports have claimed that there has been an increase in men over 55 years of age who have worked in factories, shipyards, oil refineries ,old buildings where asbestos has been found to be prominent. Asbestos has been the major cause of Mesothelioma in the United States surpassing other types of lung cancers brought on by other elements. Asbestos was used through the 1980's until it was found that it was a health danger for any human who was in working around it continually. Despite continual efforts to remove Asbestos from our environment, many public buildings and private buildings still contain Asbestos today. Those who remove it are required to wear personal safety and breathing equipment to reduce their chances of exposure to Asbestos.

Signs and Symptoms

It is very difficult to diagnose Mesothelioma becuause the signs are similiar to normal lung cancers and other cancerous diseases. When you are first examined by your medical doctor they will ask you some of your symptoms do a complete physical examination and request a complete medical history incuding asking you if you have ever been exposed to Asbestos. Although early detection is complicated your Doctor will run you through a series of tests such as a Chest X-Ray, CT Scan, or an MRI Scan these tests allow your Doctor to determine and differentiate Mesothelioma from other types of lung tumors and diagnose the location of the tumor and its size. Your doctor may determine that he/she has to remove a tissue sample from the tumor (biopsy) or draw fluids (aspirate) from it to determine the actual diagnosis.

Most commonly known symptoms of pleural Mesothelioma are difficulty in breathing, chest pain or both. Less commonly known symptoms are night sweats, cough, weight loss, fever and an overall feeling of not being well or up to speed. Symptoms of peritoneal Mesothelioma include a mass in the abdomen, sweats, fluid in the abdominal cavity, weighty loss, bowel obstruction,anemia, fever, blood clotting abnormalities.

Mesothelioma tends to metastasize and spread in others ways compared to a normal tumor rather then forming a lump like a normal tumor what it chooses to do is extend from the pleural lining pressing against the lung or abdominal organs. It also grows along the lining of the lung creating a hard casing making it difficult for a person to breathe. Mesothelioma tends to stay in the abdominal cavity, chest area or lungs before spreading to other organs later unless the disease has been caught in later stages.

Lung Cancer Treatment

Treating lung cancer depends on several factors including the type of cancer, the size, the location the extent of the tumor and the health and well being of the person. Many different treatments are used to treat lung cancer patients some are used in comination while others are used to make the person more comfortable. Listed are several that are commonly used when a person is diagnosed with Mesothelioma or any type of lung cancer.

1. Chemotherapy: This is a anticancer drug to kill cancer cells throughout the body, many anticancer drugs are given by (IV) Intravenous or by means of a catheter which is placed in the vein and left there as long as it is needed other options include an anticancer drug in the form of a pill.

2. Radiation Therapy: Most commonly called radiotherapy is normally used in combination with chemotherapy as a primary treatment to kill the cancer. It may be used before or after to kill the cancer cells in the area that is being treated.

3.PDT (Photodynamic Therapy): This is a laser type of therapy that is injected into the bloodstream and absorbed by blood cells all over the body.The chemical normally leaves the normal cells and remains in the cancer cells for a very long period of time. A laser aimed at the cancer activates the chemicals which kills the cancer cells that have absorbed the chemical.

4. Surgery: Everyone has heard that surgery is not the best thing once you are opened cancer can spread. This could be an option in some occassions , this type of surgery is called a lobectomy your doctor would determine if this is the best option for you or not.

Before you make your decision on types of treatments always speak with your doctor and if you are not comfortable you are always entitled to a second or even third opinion.

Questions

Asking your doctor many questions provides you with a better understanding of the type of cancer you have, how it can be treated and what have to prepare yourself for. Bring a friend, take notes, tape record do whatever it takes to get a very clear understand of what you are up against. Fight for you odds are you will come out a winner and whatever decisions you may decide you and your family will be thankful in the end.

Diagnostic Questions:

1. Are Cancer tests for lung cancer and Mesothelioma painful?

2. When will I know they results? Should I call you? Should you call me?

3. What type of Cancer?

4. What type of treatment would you recommend?

5. Will I be an outpatient? How long is the treatment?

6. Will I be able to do normal activities? What should I be prepared for?

7. What are the side effects?

8. Who should I contact for other side effects other then the ones that are listed or provided?

9. What will my follow up schedule be like? Length?

10. Who will be involved with my health care and rehabiliation?

I have provided questions that we used when my husband was diagnosed, many doctors may choose to rush in and out but remember you are paying them, they are not paying you this is your health not theirs. Ask as many questions as possible so that you are comfortable with your treatments.

Cancer Centers

There are many places across the Country that offer some of the best services when it comes to fighting lung cancer. Talk to your doctor about your options and do not settle for second best. Check out the facilities such as John Hopkins Hospital which is rated in the top 5 for Cancer treatments across the United States or Cancer Treatment Centers of America which provides you with options, choices and hope. Whatever place you choose consult with your doctor before making the final choice. If we can fight it , you can too!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

gabriela: Sadly many people end up with this rare cancer many survive but there are those who do not. Thanks for the kudos.


gabriela 4 years ago

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

xres55rummerxr: Thank you! I am only 24 away. lololo! I could have been passed it already, but I can procrastinate. I apologize for waiting 13 months to reply, I did not realize there was a comment on this hub.

priya: It is old. It is almost 3 years old. There has not been much change or updated information since I wrote about it so long ago.


priya 5 years ago

good post but i want more about mesotehlioma as this knowledge is old one and i already have read them


xres55rummerxr 6 years ago

Wow, you are churning out hubs like there is no tomorrow but keeping up high standards. Honestly you have some of the best hubs for someone with such a high hubrank. I have seen a lot of hubbers with rank 100 but all they have is the quantity mixed in with tons of comments and forum posts. Hope you hit 200 soon!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

stars439: Thank you so much :)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

informative. God Bless


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

salt: Happy new Year's to you and yours too! :)


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salt 6 years ago from australia

just to say happy new year to you and yours


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

JennTellsAll: I am so happy that you are a survivor between my husband and my mom they are both fighting cancer. Both are fighting for their lives and have a positive outlook as well as outcome. :)


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JennTellsAll 6 years ago from Bakersfield Ca

As a Cancer Survivor I think it is wonderful that you are doing your part informing others. Great Job :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

DeBorrah K.Ogans: I will pray for your family friend this type of cancer is complicated and it is wonderfl that God gave them more time. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

AEvans, Thank you for this very informative hub! We have a dear friend who has Mesothelioma! The Dr. says that he is in his final days. We have remained prayerful the Lord has been keeping him for some time. Again thank you for sharing. Wonderful job! I hope all is well with you and yours... Blessings!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

aquasilver: I will definitely check out cancertutor.com there is only room for more information. :)


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

My father died from this eight years ago, he was 86, so it was not so much of a surprise, and he was fit until the last few weeks of his life. He developed it whilst working in the UK post office, underground hauling mailbags on and off trains. the tunnels that the trains ran in were asbestos lined!

His death was slow over a ten day period. I learnt a lot during that time.

Anybody diagnosed with cancer should check out www.cancertutor.com which is a very good place to learn how to approach this subject.

I realise you are training to be a doctor, but there are doctors who have left traditional medicine and are having great success in dealing with cancer.

We need to be open to all things where health is concerned, although I accept that this particular cancer is aggressive and difficult to stop.

But a very informative hub and I thank you for that.


Adjuvant Chemotherapy 6 years ago

Chemotherapy can help in such cancer


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Cagisil: How fun and I will follow your lead and give treats too! :)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

I gave you a hollowween TREAT....just a little trick I picked up from another hubber.---->I vote your hub UP, at the same time leaving this comment....BOO!

Great read. Thanks.


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BeatsMe 6 years ago

Nice and helpful hub. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. Wishing you and your husband well. Good luck. :)


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

magdieqr: You are so welcome.:)

Healthtip: I kow you do. :D


HealthTip 6 years ago

I am glad its nippy, I loves that pic x


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magdielqr 6 years ago

Thank you for this informative Hub.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

HealthTip: It is getting a little nippy so I had to get warm. lololo

JamesAWatkins: He is improving and thank you so much for the prayers, we are taking one day at a time that is why I am not writing as often as I should. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this fine information. How is it going with your husband? I am worried about you. And praying for you and him.


HealthTip 6 years ago

Wooooooooo Hoooooo, Art has a massive smile on his face, the girl in the hat is back, looking hot AE ; )


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Raven King: Thanks bunches! :)


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Raven King 6 years ago from Cabin Fever

Hi Aevans. Thanks for this very informative hub, me too, this hub is very impressive!


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Zampano: I have been studying to be one but right now I am a nurse. :)


zampano 6 years ago

You speak like a doctor.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Cailin: You are so welcome! I am sincerely sorry about your father. :(


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Cailin Gallagher 6 years ago from New England

Thanks for the article. My father passed away when he was 52 from mesothelioma. He was a power lineman and also worked out at the Nevada Test Site years ago.


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

PirateGirl: You are so funny!!!! Thanks bunches.xoxoxo

Redneckman: Thank you so much I did not even know I had a thousand fans until now. lololo :)


Redneckman 6 years ago

Well done on 1,000 fans lady, you so deserve it ; )


PirateGirl 6 years ago

We all are, just need Redneckman to add ya now x


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Healthtip: You are funny lololo o.k. :)


HealthTip 6 years ago

God you are almost at 1,000 fans, I must log off and get my other alters to add you but Mums the word ok lol !


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Helen: Thank you and I feel sorry for them to what a horrible thing to go through and for no reason at all. :(


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Helen Cater 6 years ago from UK

You write a wonderful hub AEvans and on a very serious matter. Lung cancer is bad enough, but to have a form of this that is difficult to detect is terrible. I feel so sorry fot the people caught up in this.

Helen Cater


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

salt: Then you definitely understand and realize this type of cancer is one of the deadliest I have ever scene. I wonder how the people of that town in WA (Australia) are now doing? That includes entire families, men, women and children. People I honestly do believe slip the cracks and that is quite sad. :(


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salt 6 years ago from australia

What a wonderful hub, I worked at the Dust Diseases Board in NSW and there are so many files. The onset of meso can be so fast and devastating - the people who support each other through these experiences are fantastic and strong people.

I also travelled in WA (Australia) to a town where they mined Asbestos, the town is now closed. The fibres there were floating in the air and so fine - up to about 2 inches long.

The measurements used for meso are interesting and sometimes restricted by industrial history and measurements of exposure. Some people feel that they slip through the legal definition cracks.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

PirateGirl: Thank you and when you first joined well those words are kind my friend. :)


PirateGirl 7 years ago

You are welcome AE, although at times it seems I am not about I am and I never forget how nice you were to me when I joined. Take a big bear hug as I really am happy for you.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

PirateGirl: Thank you and thank you for the hug. ((hug)) :)


PirateGirl 7 years ago

Great and really helpful hub, am really pleased you got the good news about your hubby, take a hug x


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Stacie: That is so sad and what a story to tell it is a horrible cancer that so many suffer from I am sorry to hear that your grandfather suffered from it. :(


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Stacie L 7 years ago

My grandfather worked in the Brooklyn Navy yards in the 40's on war ships. He painted ships with asbestos paint and developed this lung cancer in his seventies.he didn't live long,probably because it was very well known in the eighties.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jayb23: You are so welcome and I am happy to give knowledge on something so rare, the word truly needs to be shared. :)


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Thanks Aevans for sharing that information. Never heard about such a cancer. Keep up the good work.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Paradise7: I am glad that it gave you knowledge and it certainly is something that people should be made aware of it is a rare and deadly cancer that is horrible for many. :(


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Hmmm...I was exposed to asbestos when working my way through college. I had to wear asbestos arm shields when I worked in a plastics factory at night. They itched, so I often took them off, and risked some minor burns. I'm now a little over fifty. This articles certainly made me think. Thanks for all the research you did, and a well-written article.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Hello, Hello: You are welcome I should write more about health after all it is my field. lolol but sometimes you just want to write about anything that comes to mind. Thanks bunches. :)


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your great informations and a great hub.

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