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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Doesn T Follow A Strict Progression Of Symptoms
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
Pleural tumor: It affects the pleural membrane around the lung. Mainly caused by asbestos exposure. Many people can have thick plaques in the pleura that doesnt grow rapidly which is known as benign pleural plaques. When it becomes malignant the tumor spreads rapidly engulfing the lungs and causing fluid accumulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asbestos exposure: Most cases (70-80%) of mesothelioma happen in persons with environmental exposure to asbestos. Radiation exposure is another risk factor and smoking increases the risks. Thus, a person with a history of work-exposure to asbestos is at highest-risk of developing mesothelioma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?
Marker not prognosis: CK7 and calretinin are used to verify that the tumor is mesothelial in origin (versus adenocarcinoma of the lung). It does not provide information about prognosis. Factors associated with pleural mesothelioma prognosis include: functional status, blood counts, histology (epithelial best vs fibrosarcomatous poorest), and tumor size (degree of involvement of pleural cavity). Several new trials. ...Read more
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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