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Peritoneal Cancer, Mesothelioma, Asbestos Lung Cancer & Nanoparticles

Updated on August 8, 2011

Mesothelioma ; Peritoneal Cancer - Cure By Nanoparticles

He looks up from his notes and says ‘I am sorry, but you have peritoneal cancer’. Those words cut you through to the core. You wonder if he is talking about you, as he is looks straight into your eyes, the words glide from his mouth. It, somehow, doesn’t seem real. You might have heard the word mesothelioma but he may have been talking ga ga as far as you are concerned. You don’t know much, yet, but investigate further. No one told you about nanoparticles or mesothelioma, did they?

This article will show you that there is hope. Research is progressing faster than it ever has done before and treatments are developing at a rate of knots.

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Mesothelioma Can Take 20 - 30 Years To Develop

Mesothelioma cancer is caused by asbestos inhalation or, possibly, through some sort of ingestion, although the latter is not known for sure. It can present itself in two ways: the inflammation of the abdomen lining and/or through the lining of the lungs and may have taken 25 – 30 years to develop.

What is this mesothelioma, anyway?  Please explain.
What is this mesothelioma, anyway? Please explain.

Mesothelioma: Lungs, Peritoneum & Asbestos

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that may have stemmed from working in an industry where asbestos was widely used, particularly in building. This form of cancer is rare in the lungs and rarer in the peritoneum. The super-fine fibres of the asbestos particles seem to act as a foreign body which irritates the lining of the lungs and peritoneum – the body can not absorb or clear the area. This then causes the cancer to develop over time.

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Mesothelioma of the Lungs By Asbestos Inhalation

The Difference Between Mesothelioma of the Lungs & Peritoneal Cancers

Mesothelioma of the lungs, it is thought, develops through breathing in the asbestos particles, whereas, peritoneal cancer seems to develop through ingestion of foodstuffs. It is thought that its development is a bi-product of washing asbestos infected clothing and, somehow, gets transferred into the digestive system, perhaps through handling washing, for example.

Mesothelioma of the lungs seems to affect those that have had direct contact, whereas mesothelioma of the peritoneum seems to be indirect. However, as a secondary, the affected lung cancer can spread to the abdomen causing secondary peritoneal cancer.

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Cancer of the Peritoneum


Peritoneal & Lung Mesothelioma are Hard to Diagnose

Peritoneal cancer is hard to diagnose, but when this is formalised, can already be too late. It can present itself similarly to ovarian cancer in women, another cancer that seems to be incurable, with abdominal swelling, nausea and bloating.

Both forms of mesothelioma, pleura cancer and peritoneal cancer, affect the lining. This lining covers the abdomen and lung walls. It is thick with mesothelial cells, blood vessels and lymphatic network. The lining of the combinations of these materials also covers the organs, making ease of movement. It is within the mass of lymph networks that fluid collects.

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Nanotechnology: Nanoparticles

Cancer Research, Nanoparticles and Nanotechnology

To research cancer of this kind can be difficult as it is very rare. However, with the discovery of nanoparticles within the nanotechnology schools, there are developments that create intelligent artificial cells that can attack directly areas of tumours. This research will be trialing soon, which offers hope to many ‘incurable’ cancer conditions.

The researchers suggest that nanoparticle technology could potentially help people with inoperable and difficult cancers. Cancers that are inoperable because they are close to vital organs, for example.

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Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK and Gene Therapy

Dr Lesley Walker on nanoparticle research and technology, from the charity Cancer Research UK, said: "These results are encouraging, and we look forward to seeing if this method can be used to treat cancer in people.

"Gene therapy is an exciting area of research, but targeting genetic changes to cancer cells has been a major challenge.

"This is the first time a solution has been proposed, so it's exciting news." Dated: 10th March 2009,

Nanoparticles May Make Mesothelioma of the Lungs and Peritoneal Cancers a Thing of the Past

It might be that through nanoparticles, mesothelioma of the lungs and peritoneal cancers may become a thing of the past. These encrusted gold nanoparticles could be instructed to invade an affected cancerous area and leave a toxic trail of radiation; thereby killing the cancer but leaving the good tissue in tact. This is presently fantasy but, the evidence suggests, could well become fact.

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© 2010 Shazwellyn - this work is covered under Creative Commons License

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      K9 - Yes and it is amazing how these people, through this traumatic time, find real unconditional love. This really does help them through. The love they find and share, really is an inspiration.

      *life is for living!*

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      India Arnold 

      10 years ago from Northern, California

      I commend your gracious heart for its courage and helpfulness in the face of a beast unlike any. I hear so often cancer being referred to as 'darkeness'...and I think nothing captures its essence more clearly then that word.

      I am humbled by your efforts with the Red Cross - there is no better organization!

      ~Always choose love~


    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks K9. As someone who volunteers for the Red Cross - I take cancer patients for their radiotherapy treatments. I have a good knowledge of all forms of cancers and these ones are particulary nasty. Of course, this article to goes to those who have suffered and those that have survived. I have loved them all - such strength in the face of darkness!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      10 years ago from Northern, California

      In my opinion all cancer sucks!(feeling better for just saying it)I am happy to see that the treatments continue to get better for certain types. The insulation industry has suffered so much with this Mesothelioma over the past 15+ years or so. Asbestos is a nasty material that lingers behind drywall and under tiles in '50 thru '69+ era homes,...which if ever removed, should be done by a professional service for obvious safety reasons.

      You have done good work in this piece and I vote it up and awesome.


    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Great Britain

      prasetio30 - arh, but there are some positive treatments being developed and that is good, right?

    • prasetio30 profile image


      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I really concern about healthy life. I heard about these cancers many times and it looks terrible. Good research, my friend. I learn much from you. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

    • vikassingal2002 profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Good Work....


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