Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is found either in the lungs or the abdominal region. Most of the body’s internal organs are covered by a lining known as the mesothelium and it is the cells that form this lining that are affected by mesothelioma. The mesothelium covers and protects the heart, lungs and various other organs and damage to this protective layer can obviously have extreme consequences.

Most cases of mesothelioma (around 70%) are found in the chest and is commonly referred to as ‘pleural mesothelioma’. This form of cancer is particularly aggressive and is generally resistant to many forms of cancer treatment.

In many cases, mesothelioma will go undetected for months, even years. Detection occurs when symptoms start to interfere with the patient’s every day lives. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include chest pains and shortness of breath. The condition can be extremely uncomfortable and can restrict every day tasks.

In fewer cases, mesothelioma can affect the abdominal region. In this type of mesothelioma, affects the peritoneum, which is the lining of the abdominal cavity. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal swelling, anemia, fevers, bowel obstruction and nausea.

Although there is no known cure for mesothelioma as of yet, there are several treatments that are used in order to battle the disease and ease the symptoms. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, multimodal therapy and alternative treatments can all be carried out, depending on the case. In some cases, surgery can be considered and there are constantly new treatments being trialled. As with any disease, the earlier it is detected, the better the prognosis will be.

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