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Dr. Eric Toloza
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Mesothelioma (Definition)

Mesothelioma is 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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