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Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma

This article will provide information on various aspects of malignant mesothelioma. One will be able to find more information on the symptoms, treatment and several other aspects of mesothelioma by browsing through other categories of this website.

What is malignant mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium in the human body. The mesothelium is a cell membrane that is found in every organ. The mesothelium is responsible for the lubrication of an organ and the mesothelioma cancer will attack this cell membrane and stop the lubrication process.

When an organ is not efficiently lubricated, it will begin to cause discomfort and also suffer from a breakdown in terms of efficiency. Over time, when mesothelioma is not treated or kept in check, the organ will even cease to function, resulting in the death of the person. Mesothelioma generally affects the cell membranes in the lungs, called the pleura, although it can also spread to the cell membranes found in the heart and intestines as well.

Who is at risk of contracting malignant mesothelioma?

Anyone who has been exposed to high levels of asbestos exposure is at risk of developing malignant mesothelioma. During the 1990s to 2016s, several industries such as construction industries, cement industries, and automotive production lines were work environments that had high levels of asbestos in the air, in the form of invisible dust. Many of the malignant mesothelioma patients today are people who might have been employees in such industries in the past.

Most of the malignant mesothelioma patients are men as women did not work in these industries in large numbers, especially in the 1990s to 2015s. There is a long gap between the timeline of exposure to the actual incidence of the disease in a person and this period is referred to as the latency period.

Malignant mesothelioma can take about 20-50 years to set in on a patient and this is reflected in the fact that the average age of diagnosis is 60 for a patient who has contracted malignant mesothelioma.

Most of the malignant mesothelioma patients will suffer from a shortness of breath, chest and abdominal pain, a persistent cough, tiredness and weight loss. Additionally, some patients might suffer from night sweats and fever.

Can malignant mesothelioma be treated or cured?
Generally, malignant mesothelioma is not a condition that can be cured. In certain very rare cases, cancer has been detected at a very early stage and completely removed with the help of surgery. However, in most malignant mesothelioma patients, cancer would have spread too far to be treated with surgery. In this case, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used to treat malignant mesothelioma although such treatment will not cure the disease and only reduce the intensity of the disease.

What is the average prognosis for malignant mesothelioma patient?

The average prognosis is not very good for a patient who is suffering from malignant mesothelioma. They can typically expect to live for about 4-18 months after they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. They might be able to live for longer if they respond very well to treatment or if the cancer is treated in a very early growth stage. Some patients have also managed to beat the average prognosis by subjecting themselves to experimental clinical trials.

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