Surviving Mesothelioma

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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma symptoms take a long time to manifest and may not appear until 20 to 40 years after the initial contact with asbestos. The individual may experience coughing, shortness of breath, weight loss, abdominal swelling and pain. In cases where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the patient may have trouble swallowing and/or may feel pain. There may also be swelling of the neck or face. Here are more specific symptoms for the different types of malignant mesothelioma pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. 


Pleural Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma affecting the pleura or the membrane covering the lungs and chest cavity can lead to the following signs and symptoms:


  •  Pleural effusion
  •  Pain in the chest 
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Fatigue
  •  Wheezing cough
  •  Blood in the sputum 
  •  Anemia


In severe cases the person may a have a collapsed lung (pneumothorax).  Pleural tumors are generally found only on one side of the lungs.


Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid build-up in the abdomen
  • Difficulty in bowel function
  • Weight loss

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is the rarest of the three types.  Symptoms are caused by the thickening of pericardial layers and build-up of fluid and may include:


  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Murmurs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Fatigue


If you feel you have any of these symptoms or have mesothelioma or any other disease you should consult with your licensed healthcare provider immediately.  Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos and most mesothelioma victims have been exposed to asbestos in the past.  However, because asbestos was used in so many products, some mesothelioma victims are not aware of how they may have been exposed to this carcinogen. For more information please visit the Surviving Mesothelioma website where further general information on the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma is available.



Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

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