Under some specific conditions, the
cells of the protective membrane divide uncontrollably
and become cancerous. This disease is termed as Mesothemilum,
a very rare form of cancer, usually found in people
who are exposed to asbestos. Cancerous cells found to
be in Mesothelium. Meosthelium is a protective layer
that covers most of our body’s internal organs.i.e
the internal organs of human body are encased in a protective
sac called the Mesothelium. These cells normally form
in the lining of abdomen, lungs or the sac that encircles
the heart. Its most common site is the pleura (outer
layer of chest cavity and lungs), can also be seen in
peritoneum (lining of abdominal cavity), or else at
pericardium (a sac that covers the heart). This dreadful
disease can be familiar among the people who worked
on jobs where they have to inhale asbestos particles,
or being exposed to asbestos dust and fiber on other
hand. Person who washes the clothes of a family member
who worked with asbestos can also be affected by this
Mesothelioma drastically reduces the
lifespan, once after confirmation of Mesothelioma he/she
can live only for four to twenty four months. Mesothelioma
is easily effects people who are mineworker, auto mechanics,
military workers, steel workers and many more. Due to
them their family members are also at risk, as the asbestos
dust from clothing can travel through air.
of the Mesothelioma can be malignant. The malignant
Mesothelioma is categorized into three types:
1. Epithelioid, where 50-70% of Mesotheliomas.
2. Sarcomatoid, where 7-20% of Mesotheliomas
3. Bi-phasic or Mixed which accounts
for 20-35% of Mesotheliomas.
When harmful asbestos fibers are breathed
into the lungs they navigate through large air passages
to reach the smaller passages and from them the pleura.
This leads to pleural Mesothelioma.
Symptoms of pleural Mesothelioma is
chest pains, a persistent cough may lead to coughing
up blood, shortness of breath. These symptoms are due
to fluid that appears between the chest cavity and lining
of the lungs. This fluid is a thin membrane that is
found between chest cavity and lungs is referred as
pleura. Initially it starts from chest area and spread
out to other parts of body. Additionally it includes
fever, difficulty in swallowing, sudden weight loss,
breathing trouble and swelling of the face and neck
areas. But not all of them will be experienced with
these symptoms there are people with the disease do
not experience any serious symptoms at all. Pleural
Mesothelioma often known as “lung cancer”
Rarer Mesothelioma is peritoneal Mesothelioma
when compared to pleural Mestohelioma. It affects the
abdominal area. It’s Symptoms includes nausea,
abdominal swelling and pain due to formation of fluid
in the abdominal cavity, vomiting and loss of appetite,
even breathing difficulties, chest pain along with fever,
blood clotting, anemia and bowel obstruction. They tend
to be more insidious, and thus results in short life
Pericardial Mesothelioma is rarest.
It surrounds the heart. Initially tumors grow in the
tissues that cover the heart and gradually spread over
from there. Its symptoms are constant coughing, shivering,
shortness of breath, chest pain.
In general Mesothelioma symptoms can
be very general and hence it will be ignored. This type
of symptoms will be seen before 2 to 3 months cancer
has founded. Management of Mesothelioma depends upon
dramatization of the tumor. Early diagnosis and surgical
intervention may expand one’s life span. Surgery
is not fit to all; it depends upon their body conditions,
their ages and their ability to withstand. Along with
surgical options, radiation treatment and chemotherapy
may be very helpful in therapeutic program. Later stage
of the disease includes pain management and home care.
So please wake up! People who have exposed to asbestos
at any time in their lives should contact their doctor
immediately since the cancer tumors enter only at the
later stage of our lives. Even if the person is not
exposed to asbestos but have above mentioned symptoms
then quickly hurry up to your family doctor. There is
chance since asbestos dust can travel though air right!
doctor will take care of you:
1. Take note of complete medical history
and try to diagnose the symptoms
2. Go for complete physical examinations
and find out the risk factors.
3. Proceed to chest x-ray for thickening
of pleura, calcifications, and lowered lung fissures.
4. Next to step in to CT scan which
gives you clear size, location, and extent of the problem
if any suspected.
5. Advice for test of tissue samples
and pleural fluids.
6. Fluid in the abdominal cavity and
fluid accumulated in the chest cavity.
People affected by Mesothelioma have
to contact a lawyer. Each state differs in their statutes
of curb, i.e. there’s time limit for each individual
patient’s diagnosis. Make sure that your lawyer
should have former experience with Mesothelioma cases.
They will take care of your case within the given time
limit. Mesothelioma lawyers can make use of internet
which will be very helpful to them to search out.