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
Peritoneal cancer develops in the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the inside wall of the abdomen covering the uterus and extending over the bladder and rectum, according to UCSF Medical Center. The peritoneum produces a lubricating fluid that helps organs move smoothly in the abdomen.
Symptoms commonly associated with peritoneal cancer include abdominal discomfort, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, bleeding from the rectum, unusual vaginal bleeding, unexplained gain or loss of weight, shortness of breath and feelings of fullness, states WebMD. Because the symptoms
Symptoms of peritoneal cancer can include nausea, constipation, frequent urination, abnormal vaginal bleeding, rectal bleeding and shortness of breath, according to WebMD. Feelings of fullness, even after a light meal, bloating, cramps and abdominal discomfort from gas can also be warning signs.
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.
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
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.
Abdominal discomfort, feeling of fullness, constipation and loss of appetite are some of the symptoms of primary peritoneal cancer, according to WebMD. The patient may also experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss or gain.
A diagnosis of stage 3 peritoneal cancer is severe because the cancer has spread from the lining of the pelvis and abdomen to another organ, such as the liver or spleen, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors stage peritoneal cancer by testing tissue samples of pelvic and other organs.
The survival rate for peritoneal cancer is determined by how early the cancer is detected and if treatments are successful. As of 2015, one study puts the average survival rate for stage 3 and stage 4 to be five years for 10 percent of patients, notes the National Cancer Institute.