Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs (known as the mesothelium).
The most common area affected is the lining of the lungs and chest wall.Less commonly the lining of the abdomen and rarely the sac surrounding the heart, or the sac surrounding the testis may be affected.
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may include shortness of breath due to fluid around the lung, a swollen abdomen, chest wall pain, cough, feeling tired, and weight loss. These symptoms typically come on slowly.
Symptom of Mesothelioma :
Requires a medical diagnosis
A cough, chest pain and shortness of breath are symptoms.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the chest or rib
Whole body: fatigue, loss of appetite, or night sweats
Also common: coughing, shortness of breath, or weight loss.
Treatment of Mesothelioma :
Treatment may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Supportive
treatments can relieve symptoms.
Mesothelioma Survival rates :
About 40 percent of patients with mesothelioma survive the first year after diagnosis.
That survival rate depends on many factors, including age, cancer stage, cancer type, race and gender.
Long-term survivors attribute their success to treatment from a mesothelioma specialist, alternative medicine and nutritional changes. [ source : asbestos ]