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Dr. Nathan Pennell
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Malignant Mesothelioma (Overview)

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of cells in the lining of the chest. Symptoms can include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss. It is typically due to occupational asbestos exposure.


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What are the kinds of malignant mesothelioma?

What are the kinds of malignant mesothelioma?

3 main kinds: Pleural (most common) - arrises in the lining of the lungs peritoneal - arrises in the lining of the abdomen pericardial - arrises in the lining of the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Nathan Pennell
14 doctors shared insights

Malignant Mesothelioma (Overview)

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of cells in the lining of the chest. Symptoms can include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss. It is typically due to occupational asbestos exposure.


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What are the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma?

Pain, breathing: Most mesotheliomas occur in the lining of the lungs. The most common symptoms are chest pain and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of someone diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma?

What is life expectancy of someone diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma?

Depends.: Life expectancy is in part a function of stage. Malignant mesothelioma is either localized (stage 1) or advanced (stages 2-4) or recurrent. As stage advances life expectancy decreases. ...Read more

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What are the tests for malignant mesothelioma?

If you seek a blood: Test that forecast the anatomic changes to the pleura that characterize mesothelioma, it does not exist commercially. There is protein, mesothelin, that may hold a key to such a test in the future. But ct's define the local and locally invasive components, now augemnted with pet scans, . ...Read more

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My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

Generally incurable: Mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura. The covering of the lung is called visceral pleura and the lining of the chest wall is called parietal pleura. This is a cancer that is generally incurable unless small and localized, although it is diffuse or has spread to adjacent tissues or organ, by the time it is diagnosed. Treatment is multi-modality. Commonly it is associated with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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What are the treatments that are used to treat malignant mesothelioma?

1. surgery: 2. Pemetrexed based chemotherapy; 3. Fluid drainage; 4. Photodynamic therapy. Some believe in the addition of radiotherapy in the curative setting (i don't), but it can be used effectively to relieve pain. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for malignant mesothelioma?

What is the treatment for malignant mesothelioma?

It depends: The treatment for mesothelioma varies widely, and always should be tailored to the individual patient. Chemotherapy usually plays a role, and has good evidence that it prolongs life. Surgery and radiation may play a role as well, and the best care is delivered in a multidisciplinary center with extensive experience treating patients with mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is malignant mesothelioma?

Cancer: Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer which develops in the lining of the chest. This is associated with asbestos exposure, and presents with symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss, etc. Cure is rare, since it is rarely found early. ...Read more

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How do you get malignant mesothelioma?

See below: Malignant mesothelioma is most commonly associated with the combination of asbestos exposure and cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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