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Does smoking increase the risk of mesothelioma?

Does smoking increase the risk of mesothelioma?

No: Smoking does not increase the risk of mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure does. However, smoking increases the risk of several other types of lung cancer and being exposed to asbestos too drastically increases this risk. So, asbestos exposure increases mesothelioma but smoking +/- asbestos increases virtually all other types of lung cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Toloza
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Mesothelioma (Definition)

A rare cancer of the lining of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and weight loss. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Most people exposed to asbestos, however, do not develop mesothelioma. Rather, they are at much higher risk of cancer of ...Read more


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What is mesothelioma?

What is mesothelioma?

Ca of lung lining: Your lungs are surrounded by a lubricated lining called the pleura. This lining allows your lungs to move against your chest wall without friction. When these cells become cancerous, it is called a malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma are difficult cancers with few effective treatments. A single day of radiation to the biopsy site can prevent local invasion. ...Read more

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Is mesothelioma lethal?

Is mesothelioma lethal?

Usually: If not surgically removable, it is usually lethal. ...Read more

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What causes mesothelioma?

Asbestos exposure: Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer which affects the lining of the lungs, is strongly linked to prior asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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Is mesothelioma hereditary?

Is mesothelioma hereditary?

Possibly: A new mutation in a gene called bap1 was discovered in august 2011 which predisposes people to develop mesothelioma (and melanoma of the eye.) people with a strong family history of mesothelioma might carry this gene in their family. To learn more: http://www.Cancer.Gov/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/mesotheliomabap1. ...Read more

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How common is mesothelioma?

How common is mesothelioma?

Not common: Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung and is almost exclusively associated with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

Imaging, blood tests: Mesothelioma is a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. It is typically diagnosed by various imaging studies (ct scan, chest x-ray) and biopsies. ...Read more

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How to manage mesothelioma pain?

Pain control: This is not any easy answer. In general I would use various modalities to help a person to increase function and quality of life with difficult painful situation ...Read more

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What are causes of mesothelioma?

The main and most: Common risk factor is asbestos exposure.

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How do you diagnose mesothelioma?

How do you diagnose mesothelioma?

Biopsy: A ct scan or chest X-ray can show the tumor and / the fluid caused by mesothelioma. A biopsy of the tumor can confirm mesothelioma. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Cancer affecting the: Lining of the chest cavity and lungs is called mesothelioma. It produces fluid, leading to shortness of breath and cough. Invading the chest, it can cause pain, especilaly on deep breath and cough. Fatigue and weight loss are signals of advanced disease and may indicat difficulty tolerating treatment. ...Read more

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Where is mesothelioma disease detected?

The lungs: Mesothelioma is a malignancy of the covering of the lungs, called the pleura. It is usually discovered on a chest xray or a ct scan of the chest. ...Read more

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How many types of mesothelioma are there?

Benign and malignant: Other descriptors:
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tissue involved, lung, pleura, chest wall
metastatic. ...Read more

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How long life after dignose mesothelioma?

How long life after dignose mesothelioma?

Variable: "the average survival times for people with mesothelioma have been between 4 and 18 months. But some people live much longer. Between 5% and 10% of people with mesothelioma live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. These numbers tend to be better for people diagnosed at a younger age."
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What are the risk factors of mesothelioma?

Radiation/: Other than asbestos exposure, other possible risk factors are, radiation exposure, family history of mesothelioma and simian virus sv40. ...Read more

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What is mesothelioma? How does one get it?

What is mesothelioma? How does one get it?

Malignant: Benign is relatively infrequent, localized and removable

. Malignant is "cancer" and expands and invades and spreads and frequently is beyond surgical efforts when found

most have had an exposure to asbestos. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of mesothelioma?

What are the different stages of mesothelioma?

I-IV: Like most other tumors they are staged 1-4. The staging of the tumor site is a bit more complicated. It has to do with the local extent of the pleural disease and if one or both lungs are involved. This is used to guide surgical resection.
There are a few centers that specialize in this uncommon tumors. There are some very complex surgeries and photodynamic treatment done for this. Center is key. ...Read more

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How do I identify the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an: Aggressive malignancy of the tissue (pleura) that lines the lungs and chest cavity. It produces fluid that crowds the lung leading to short breath, fatigue; it can invade the chest wall causing pain on deep breaths, or with cough or sneeze. The most aggressive type is sarcomatus, and subtypes of mixed and epithelial may have different prognoses. ...Read more

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What are the clinical symptoms of mesothelioma?

Cancer of the lining: Of the lungs and chest cavity is called mesothelioma: it produces fluid, so shortness of breath, fatigue are common; invades into chest wall - pain; may cause cough. Weight loss and and loss of energy, abililty to do daily activities point to "poor performance" a status indicating advanced disease, and perhaps difficulty tolerating treatment. ...Read more

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What are the causes and symptoms of mesothelioma?

Cancer of cells: Lining of the chest cavity and lungs is called mesothelioma. It produces fluid, leading to shortness of breath and cough. Invading the chest, it can cause pain, especilaly on deep breath and cough. Fatigue and weight loss are signals of advanced disease and may indicat difficulty tolerating treatment. Asbestos is a known cause, 30 years post exposure mean time. ...Read more

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How much time does mesothelioma take to develop/?

20 to 40 years: Malignant mesothelioma usually appears decades after the initial exposure to asbestos type of material. ...Read more

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How can I find out about the disease mesothelioma?

Nci: The best source of information for patients is probably the national cancer institute website: http://m.Cancer. Gov/types/malignantmesothelioma. ...Read more

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How many different types of mesothelioma are there?

How many different types of mesothelioma are there?

The answer is: Complex. One could argue resectable and unresectable, as a category. Histology: sarcomatoid {s} and epithelial, but the epithelial is being subtyped into different prognostic groups, {s} almost alwasys lethal. The extent of surgery is being studies aftr the mars trial, use of chemotherapy probably helpful, role of XRT is controversial and unproven. ...Read more

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How will mesothelioma affect my health going forward?

Not well: Only effective treatment is surgery. Chemo and radiation not effective. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes of mesothelioma?

I was wondering what are the causes of mesothelioma?

Asbestos: Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that is associated with inhaling small particles, particularly asbestos. People who worked in the military or shipyards, auto mechanics, electricians, and people exposed to drywall, insulation and floor tiles before the 1970s are at risk for asbestos-related diseases. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mesothelioma?

What is the definition or description of: Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma =: Mesothelioma= rare cancer arising from the mesothelium, a thin lining that covers the lungs and abdominal contents ...Read more