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Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms

Mesothelioma is a very rare type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the body’s major organs. The most common type of mesothelioma is plural mesothelioma, which affects the tissues that surround the lungs.  Periotoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining surrounding the abdominal organs. We have put together a l;ist of common signs and symptoms of mesothelioma below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma are as follows:

The signs and symptoms of plural mesothelioma include:

  • Pain in the chest wall
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Unusual lumps under the skin in the chest wall
  • Fatigue

The signs and symptoms of periotoneal mesothelioma include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid build-up in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Bowel problems

There are other types of mesothelioma, such as pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the heart. Signs and symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pain and breathing difficulties.

Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is often difficult, since the cancer is rare and the symptoms can mimic many other diseases. A history of exposure to asbestos increases the suspicion of mesothelioma.

Based on the presenting signs and symptoms of mesothelioma, a physician may order diagnostic tests such as x-rays, a CT scan or an MRI to examine the tissue and check for any abnormalities. A diagnosis of mesothelioma is can only be definitively made with a biopsy.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma, Second Edition
Harvey I. Pass
They Said Months. I Chose Years! A Mesothelioma Survivor’s Story
J.R. O’Connor

Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient’s Guide
Paul Kraus
Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma
Howard A. Gutman

Mesothelioma Resources

General Patient Resources

  • The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Mesothelioma treatment, diagnosis and related information for patients and families. Legal options for those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

  • Mesothelioma . net is dedicated to providing information on mesothelioma and asbestos cancers, including the latest treatment options, medical news and legal options.

  • Mesothelioma Web

Information on mesothelioma, malignant pleural mesothelioma, and peritoneal mesothelioma.

  • Asbestos . com

A comprehensive overview of mesothelioma cancer covering information on the symptoms, diagnosis, causes, types and treatment options.

  • Pleural Mesothelioma . com

We are dedicated to compiling the latest and most up-to-date information on pleural mesothelioma and offer a number of resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer. From treatment options to top doctors and the best cancer centers in the United States.

  • Mesothelioma SOS

Mesothelioma SOS offers comprehensive information on mesothelioma as well as a look at many of the shipyards and jobsites where asbestos exposure has occurred.

  • Mesothelioma US

Mesothelioma cancer life expectancy, causes and symptoms. Valuable information for patients and their families. Lawyers for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

  • Mesothelioma Resource Online

Mesothelioma Resource Online has created and developed this site to provide answers and support for people diagnosed with mesothelioma, as well as their families and loved ones.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers malignant mesothelioma, including peritoneal and pleural types of this cancer.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.