Types of Mesothelioma
What Kind of Cancer is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is aggressive cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma. Our skilled Florida lawyers have represented more than 20,000 clients with various types of mesothelioma and have a thorough understanding of the liability involved in these cases. Since 1985, our attorneys have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of our clients and are committed to representing future clients' interests with the same level of dedication.
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Pleural mesothelioma affects the pleura, a thin membrane of lubricating cells lining the chest wall and lungs. While pleural mesothelioma may start out in the pleura, it can spread quickly to the abdomen, heart, and outer chest wall.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include these:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Faint breathing sounds
- Harsh breathing sounds
- Dry couth
- Pleural effusions
- Coughing up blood
- Blood clotting disorders
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis.
Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the cell walls surrounding the abdominal cavity. This form of mesothelioma accounts for about one fifth of all mesothelioma cases per year.
Peritoneal mesothelioma may present the following symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Abdominal distension
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal swelling
- Feeling of fullness
- Abdominal fluid buildup
- Bowel obstruction
If bowel obstruction is present, it may indicate the progression of tumors.
Pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, the lining of the heart, and can lead to the thickening of the pericardium. This type of mesothelioma accounts for only about one tenth of all annual cases of mesothelioma.
Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pains
The most common treatment for this form of mesothelioma is radiation and chemotherapy.
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