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The Facts About Pleural Mesothelioma

Updated on June 18, 2013

As a 4-time survivor of cancer, I can certainly understand the feelings of anxiety and fear that can come with the diagnosis of cancer, and that goes for any type of cancer. In this blog, I want to talk about pleural mesothelioma, what it is, symptoms, treatment options and prognosis.

What is Pleural Mesothelioma?
Pleural mesothelioma is cancer of the outer lining of the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma is also the most common form of mesothelioma and is exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. It is an asbestos disease.

Mesothelioma often doesn’t even show up until years after a person has been exposed to asbestos. And when it is detected, it is usually in its late stages.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
The symptoms of this disease can be very mild at first and then once the symptoms become a little more profound, the disease is then its latter stages. Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with pleural mesothelioma.

- Pain in chest area
- Trouble breathing
- Fluid buildup in the lungs
- Fatigue
- Blood within the sputum
- Coughing
- Wheezing
- And extreme cases even tumors

Treament Options for Pleural Mesothelioma
With this disease, prognosis is determined by several factors, the stage of the disease, treatment options/operability of the disease, a patient’s current health status in regards to other health conditions and age.

If a person is diagnosed in stage 1 or stage 2, then the most effective treatment option, surgery, may be viable. This is the most effective option in treatment of pleural mesothelioma because much of the cancerous cells can be removed with a surgical procedure. However, if the cancer is stage 3 or 4, it has already spread to other parts of the body and operating may not be a viable option.

Prognosis
Pleural mesothelioma like other forms of mesothelioma is sadly incurable and because of this, the goal with treatment is to prolong life. Statistically people diagnosed with mesothelioma only have a few years to live at best as there is less than a 5% survival rate.

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Keeping Your Head Up and Being Positive
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, please try to be hopeful and keep your head up. As a 4-time survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma myself and founder of 2survive, I have encountered a plethora of people who have defied the odds using diet, alternative treatments and sometimes simply with attitude. Everyone’s clock stops one day, but nobody knows that date.

During some of my worst times, I got involved in hobbies, relied on my support system of friends and family and tried to stay as positive as I could. All of these things are very important for a patient mentally as well as physically.

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