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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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After so many years, are mesotheliomas and asbestos still a problem in the u.S.?

Possible: Asbestos is no longer used, still could a problem for very few who were exposed years ago. ...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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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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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: location 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." http://goo.Gl/itfp9. ...Read more

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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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