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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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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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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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Is it possible for malignant mesothelioma to cause osteolytic lesion?

Is it possible for malignant mesothelioma to cause osteolytic lesion?

Very rare: malignant mesothelioma arises primarily from pleura of lung cavity or from peritoneal lining. Dx usually made late but where spreading occurs in lung or peritoneal cavity, bone and brain spread very rare. In few bone cases MRI needed to see tumor, which did not produce lytic lesions though anything is possible. ...Read more

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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 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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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