Mesothelioma cancer, also known as malignant mesothelioma, is a cancer that starts as a tumor in the mesothelium, which is a protective tissue lining that covers certain areas in the body, according to the American Cancer Society. There is a significant link between mesothelioma cancer and asbestos
The early signs of mesothelioma are subtle and resemble common ailments, according to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Complaints may include fatigue, muscle weakness, cough, fever and night sweats. As the disease progresses within the lungs, most patients experience lower back or side chest pain.
Approximately 2,497 people died from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, in 2013, according to The Mesothelioma Center. There are around 2,000 to 3,000 new diagnoses of mesothelioma per year. More than 37,000 people died from the disease from 1999 to 2013.
Common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include sweating, weakness, chest pain, fever, coughing and difficulty swallowing; symptoms of perioneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain and swelling, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. There are two common types of mesothelioma with each having unique symp
The survival rate for mesothelioma in stage I is 21 months, stage II is 19 months, stage III is 16 months and stage IV is 12 months, according to the American Cancer Society. It is important to note that survival rates are based on median survival.
According to the American Cancer Society, the prognosis for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma depends upon the type, location, stage and treatment. As with most forms of cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better the chances of survival. However, with mesothelioma, even when diagnosis is made
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment for cancer that targets quickly dividing cancer cells, states KidsHealth. The medication used in chemotherapy stops the cell division in those cancerous cells.
The major types of chemotherapy drugs include alkylating agent, antimetabolites, anti-tumor antibiotics, topoisomerase inhibitors and mitotic inhibitors, states the American Cancer Society. Chemotherapy drugs are classified according to their mechanism, chemical structure and association with anothe
Following chemotherapy treatment, a patient may feel tired, lack an appetite and have mouth sores, diarrhea or an upset stomach, according to MedlinePlus. There is also a higher risk of developing skin problems, an infection or bleeding. He should take steps to protect his skin from the sun, avoid s
Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, according to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Asbestos fibers are inhaled through the nose and mouth and can become embedded in the lining of the lungs, which harms the pleura and results in mesothelioma.