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Doctor insights on: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Doesn T Follow A Strict Progression Of Symptoms

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Which is the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma?

Which is the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma?

Weeks to months: Malignant pleural mesothelioma usually presents with symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. As such, it is usually found in an advanced stage, with little to be done as far as curative procedures. Treatment is generally symptomatic only. ...Read more

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


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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 pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma?

What is pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma?

Cancers: Tumors of the lining of chest, pleura, and abdomen, peritoneum, are called mesotheliomas. These are malignant tumors, i.e., cancers. Asbestos is the usual cause of mesotheliomas. ...Read more

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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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What is malignant mesothelioma? How is it different from benign?

What is malignant mesothelioma? How is it different from benign?

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 more

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Who is most likely to get pleural mesothelioma?

Who is most likely to get pleural mesothelioma?

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 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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Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

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

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Can malignant mesothelioma cause a bone tumor?

Can malignant mesothelioma cause a bone tumor?

Direct invasion: Or blood borne metastasis from a pleural, chest wall tumor to an adjacent rib or distant site. We'd call this bony metastasis, a bone tumor infers that it started out in a bone, not innocently affected from another king of cancerinvading it. ...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