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Mesothelioma Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Updated on July 15, 2010


Mesothelioma is a form of malignant cancer which has become rare due to the universal up-roar and removal of asbestos from homes and other buildings. Mesothelioma is commonly found in the chest area of the body but it can also be found in organs such as the heart and the organs within the abdomen area.

The majority of people who are or have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have been breathing in asbestos for a period of time. It is not uncommon for people to find out that there was unknown asbestos in the workplace, after diagnosis. Higher counts of people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in Europe, in comparison to the United States since 1983.

Exposure to asbestos for anything from two months can cause mesothelioma to develope 30-70 years later.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

In the majority of mesothelioma cases, the patient experiences shortness of breath and find it difficult to accomplish regular tasks. Chest pains and excessive night sweating are also a common symptoms of mesothelioma as well as weight loss, combined with a loss of appetite. There is also a possibility of the decrease of function of the diaphragm.

Mesothelioma Treatment

Forms of mesothelioma are curable, depending on the length of time the mesothelioma has been developing. Treatment for mesothelioma comes in three forms. The 3 forms of mesothelioma treatments are direct surgery, which involves removing the cancer from the body, chemotherapy which involves drug treatments to fight the cancer and radiation therapy which involves the use of high dosages of x-rays or alternative high energy rays which kill the cancer cells.

Usually, a successful treatment program for the removal of mesothelioma requires a combination of two or more of the treatments mentioned above.


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      Tricandy 7 years ago

      Good information