What is malignant mesothelioma?
Malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is a disease
in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining
the chest (the pleura) or abdomen (the peritoneum). Most people
with malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they breathed
A doctor should be seen if a person has shortness of breath,
pain in the chest, or pain or swelling in the abdomen. If there
are symptoms, the doctor may order an x-ray of the chest or
The doctor may look inside the chest cavity for mesothelioma
with a special instrument called a thoracoscope. A cut will
be made through the chest wall and the thoracoscope will be
put into the chest between two ribs. This test, called thoracoscopy,
is usually done in the hospital. Before the test, the patient
will be given a local anesthetic (a drug that causes a loss
of feeling for a short period of time). Some pressure may be
felt, but usually there is no pain.
The doctor may also look inside the abdomen (peritoneoscopy)
for mesothelioma with a special tool called a peritoneoscope.
The peritoneoscope is put into an opening made in the abdomen.
This test is also usually done in the hospital. Before the test
is done, a local anesthetic will be given.
If tissue that is not normal is found, the doctor will need
to cut out a small piece and have it looked at under a microscope
to see if there are any mesothelioma cells. This is called a
biopsy. Biopsies are usually done during the thoracoscopy or
The chance of recovery (prognosis) from mesothelioma depends
on the size of the mesothelioma, where the mesothelioma is,
how far the mesothelioma has spread, how the mesothelioma cells
look under the microscope, how the mesothelioma responds to
treatment, and the patient’s age.
Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you know is suffering from lung cancer and/or
lung disease asbestosis, mesothelioma or other asbestos related
diseases caused by asbestos or asbestos containing products,
you may be eligible to file a claim.
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