Mesothelioma Information

This section offers detailed information on mesothelioma, its causes, risk factors, and diagnosis. Browse the list of related mesothelioma information below, or contact the Meso Foundation for expert advice, information, and guidance to your specific questions.

  • What is Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a cancer of the smooth lining of the chest, lungs (pleura), heart (pericardium), or abdomen (peritoneum). Because it occurs in such a small number of patients (around 2,500 to 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are reported each year) mesothelioma is referred to as an orphan disease…
  • Causes of Mesothelioma: Research and studies have been found to link asbestos exposure to mesothelioma. However, the exact method by which asbestos fibers cause mesothelioma is not entirely clear. While animal models have provided some understanding into the type of effect that asbestos fibers have on mesothelial cells, the exact mechanism for causation has yet to be discovered...
  • Types of Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma can be classified into two major groups, benign and malignant. Malignant mesothelioma is organized into four main categories based on the location of the tumor. These four types of malignant mesothelioma include: Pleural, Peritoneal, Pericardial, Testicular...
  • Risk Factors for Mesothelioma The process of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure is a long one. It is also important to note that even though the development of mesothelioma correlates with asbestos exposure, such exposure is not an absolute indicator of who will and who will not get the tumor. Nevertheless, there is a valid statistical relationship between the amount of exposure to asbestos and the incidence of mesothelioma…
  • Symptoms of Mesothelioma: Symptoms of mesothelioma can vary depending on the area of the body in which the disease originates. Furthermore, diagnosis of mesothelioma is difficult because the disease often isn’t visible on external scans and the symptoms may be confused with a number of common ailments. However, some common symptoms of mesothelioma can include: fluid in the chest or abdomen, pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, heart failure, fatigue, cough, and weight loss…
  • Diagnosing Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, once common ailments are ruled out, an investigation into the rare spectrums of the illness begins. A definitive diagnosis of mesothelioma requires a tissue biopsy, obtained either through a needle biopsy or an open procedure…
  • Stages of Mesothelioma: Assuming a diagnosis of mesothelioma is confirmed, staging of the disease remains extremely difficult and is an obstacle to effective treatment. Staging techniques require knowledge about where the tumor is located, how extensive it is, and whether it is still locally contained or whether it has metastasized to organs and adjacent tissues.

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