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What is Mesothelioma?

Written By ando subakti on Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 8:10 PM

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always causedby exposure to asbestosIn this diseasemalignant cells develop in the mesotheliuma protective lining that covers most of the organsThe most common site is the pleura (the outer layer of the lungs and internal chest wall), butmay also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), heart,pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heartor tunica vaginalis.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaledasbestos particlesor they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibers in other waysIt has also been suggested that washing the clothes of family members who work with asbestos can put someone at risk for developingmesotheliomaUnlike lung cancer, no association between mesothelioma and smokingbut smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-causedcancer. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma (see asbestos and the law).

Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluidbetween the lung and the chest wallor chest wall painand general symptomssuch as weight lossDiagnosis can be suspected with chest X-rays and a CTscan, and confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopicAthoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsiesThis allows the introduction of substances such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (called pleurodesis), which prevents more fluid from accumulatingand pressing on the lungDespite treatment with chemotherapyradiation therapyor sometimes surgery, the disease carry a poor prognosisResearch aboutscreening tests for early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.

signs and symptoms of disease Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the mesothelium of the body.mesothelium is a protective covering for the body. It covers various organs,including lungs. mesothelium consists of two thin layers. When cancer develops in the mesothelium that is between the layers. Narrow space makes it very difficult todiagnose mesothelioma in early stages.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is difficult to treat. After diagnosismesotheliomamade, the majority of patients will not live longer than eighteen months. There are various reasons for this, including the nature of disease after being diagnosedand the lack of an effective surgical method to remove the tumor.

While most cases of mesothelioma occur around the lungs, can also occur in theabdominal mesothelium, called the peritoneum, or pericardium. Whilemesothelioma is most common in the lungs, it is important to distinguish betweenmesothelioma and lung cancer. They are two very different types of cancer and requires different types of treatment are different.

For those of you who do not know what it is mesothelioma.Silahkan read first in order to better know how dangerous this disease.

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indianist said...

Well explained about what is mesoththelioma?. Very informative report about mesothelioma and its symptoms

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