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What is Pleural Mesothelioma?
Pleural mesothelioma affects the pleura, a sac surrounding the lungs that also contains the mesothelium membrane. It is the most common form of mesothelioma, but like all others — diagnoses made before the advanced stages of the disease are rare.
Pleural mesothelioma, like other forms of mesothelioma, is difficult to detect in its initial stages. It takes a long time to make its presence known as it can lay dormant in the pleural membrane. It can take up to 50 years for symptoms of mesothelioma to surface.
- Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type of Mesothelioma cancers.
- Pleural Mesothelioma patient’s survival rate can range between four and 18 months.
- Pleural Mesothelioma cancer develops in the lining of the lungs called the pleural membrane.
- Pleural Mesothelioma is often mistaken for less threatening diseases such as flu and pneumonia.
- Pleural Mesothelioma diagnosis is typically diagnosed by fluid samples using a needle biopsy.
- Only 10 percent of all Pleural Mesothelioma patients will survive for three to five years following diagnosis.
- Pleural Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to toxic asbestos fibers that become trapped in the spaces between the mesothelial cells.
- Asbestos fibers trapped in the lungs cause cancerous cells resulting in the thickening of the pleural membrane.
- The build-up of fluid (called pleural effusion) places pressure on the lungs and the respiratory system preventing normal breathing.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma:
Pleural Mesothelioma symptoms can be easily confused with common respiratory ailments such as influenza, bronchitis, or pneumonia. These symptoms often include shortness of breath, coughing, chest pains, fever, coughing up blood, difficulty in swallowing, or buildup of fluid in the chest cavity. Extreme tiredness, lack of appetite, and subsequent weight loss are other symptoms associated with the disease.
Because these symptoms can confuse physicians, pleural mesothelioma is usually accurately diagnosed when it has already reached a Stage 3 level of cancerous development. As pleural mesothelioma progresses, the symptoms become more severe. Unfortunately the disease is commonly it its advanced stage when this occurs, rendering it difficult for physicians to entirely remove the tumors.
- Build-up of fluid in the pleural lining
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic hoarseness
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Night sweats or fever
- Persistent raspy cough
- Sensory loss
- Shortness of breath
- Pleural effusions
- Swelling of face and neck
- Unexplained weight loss
Early detection of Pleural Mesothelioma can significantly improve a Mesothelioma patient’s prognosis and treatment options.
Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Options:
The most invasive procedure is surgery. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs and organs which are protected by the rib cage. A surgeon has to cut through the ribs in order to reach the affected areas. Currently, there are two types of surgical procedures: pleurectomy/decortication (the removal of the pleural lining), and the more radical extrapleural pneumonectomy (surgical resection of the affected lung and the surrounding parietal and visceral pleura).
In both cases, surgeons may take out either part of or the complete diaphragm and the pericardial sac. In addition, one or more ribs are removed from the patient’s body as a result of these procedures. Patients must be in good physical condition in order to endure such an invasive procedure. As a result, the majority of patients in the advanced stages of lung mesothelioma typically do not qualify.
- Radiation therapy
Side Effects of Chemotherapy for Pleural Mesothelioma:
- Patients can easily bleed and/or bruise because of reduced blood platelets
- Hair loss from from the chemotherapy drugs attacking healthy hair follicle cells
- Mouth sores and cuts
- Nausea, which may also include episodes of vomiting
- Low white blood cell count, which results in possible infections
- Lack of energy and feeling lethargic
Radiation therapy, especially when applied in conjunction with extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery, is an effective form of treatment in mesothelioma cases. Radiation therapy involves the killing of cancer cells with doses of high energy rays.
This treatment is used exclusively in cases of pleural mesothelioma due to the plethora of negative side effects possible in cases of peritoneal mesothelioma.
Radiation therapy can be used either to prevent cancer from returning to surgically treated areas or to slow down the cancer’s progress in cases where surgery is not a viable option. Targeted radiation treatments also help to relieve a patient’s pain.
Pleural Mesothelioma has been linked to workplace asbestos exposure.
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