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How do you get malignant mesothelioma?

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

Dr. Eric Toloza
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Mesothelioma (Definition)

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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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 are the tests for malignant mesothelioma?

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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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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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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What is malignant mesothelioma? How is it treated?

Rare but ominous: Cancer of mesothelioma cells that cover the internal organs, most often the pleura of the lungs and usually related to asbestos exposure and risk increased by smoking as well. Treatment is usually multi modality with best prognosis if spread is limited to make it amenable to surgical removal, but overall prognosis is poor but some minor improvements lately. ...Read more

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What is malignant mesothelioma, and how does it start?

What is malignant mesothelioma, and how does it start?

a malignancy of the: Tissues lining a cavity (thorax > abdomen) and external linging of the lungs. It is densely adherent to underlying lung, and deeply invested nooks and crannies of the mediastinum. Abdominal mesothelioma is less common. Both associated with asbestos exposure. ...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 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 doesn't 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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What is the definition or description of: Malignant mesothelioma?

Malignant: Mesothelioma= rare cancer arising from the mesothelium, a thin lining that covers the lungs and abdominal contents ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the types of malignant mesothelioma?

Two: Malignant mesothelioma can either be localized or diffuse, which means widespread. Both can be caused by asbestos exposure. They are rarely cured, and most therapies are geared toward control of symptomd. ...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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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 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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Will malignant mesothelioma cause osteolytic lesion?

Will malignant mesothelioma cause osteolytic lesion?

Yes: Mesothelioma may invade bones, particularly ribs when it occurs in the chest. ...Read more

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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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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

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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

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Could you explain what is malignant peritoneal mesothelioma?

Could you explain what is malignant peritoneal mesothelioma?

Ca of lung lining: Your intestines are surrounded by a lubricated lining called the peritoneum. This lining allows your intestines to move against your abdominal wall without friction. When these cells become cancerous, it is called a malignant peritoneal 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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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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What are the current drugs used for Mesothelioma pleural?

Mesothelioma Rx: The primary medication used in the treatment of mesothelioma is Pemetrexed (ALIMTA). It is administered as an I.V. Injection. ...Read more

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Where is mesothelioma disease detected?

The lungs: Mesothelioma is a malignancy of the covering of the lungs, called the pleura. It is usually discovered on a chest xray or a ct scan of the chest. ...Read more

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What is mesothelioma? How does one get it?

What is mesothelioma? How does one get it?

Malignant: Benign is relatively infrequent, localized and removable

. Malignant is "cancer" and expands and invades and spreads and frequently is beyond surgical efforts when found

most have had an exposure to asbestos. ...Read more

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How do I identify the symptoms of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an: Aggressive malignancy of the tissue (pleura) that lines the lungs and chest cavity. It produces fluid that crowds the lung leading to short breath, fatigue; it can invade the chest wall causing pain on deep breaths, or with cough or sneeze. The most aggressive type is sarcomatus, and subtypes of mixed and epithelial may have different prognoses. ...Read more

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Which is mesothelioma and what can I do for someone affected?

Which is mesothelioma and what can I do for someone affected?

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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Do symptoms of mesothelioma necessarily have to include coughing?

Mesothelioma: Anything that irritates pleura, the outside lining of the lung, or the lung can give you cough. Cough is one of the symptoms in mesothelioma in the pleura- however it is not specific only for mesothelioma. Most common symptoms would be non pleuritic chest pain and shortness of breath. Cough is less likely/ unlikely to happen in peritoneal mesothelioma, . ...Read more

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Does smoking cause mesothelioma?

No: Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable, health-related deaths in the United States. Quitting smoking, or never starting in the first place, reduces risk of several life-threatening diseases. Cigarette smoking has been related to emphysema, heart disease, lung and throat cancer, and bladder cancer, but not mesothelioma. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting mesothelioma?

Avoid asbestos: Although we are not sure what exactly causes mesothelioma, there is an association with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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Best treatment for mesothelioma?

Best treatment for mesothelioma?

Surgery or chemo: Depending on stage of disease. For selected patients, surgical resection may be beneficial, otherwise chemotherapy and possibly radiation are the main treatments. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more


Dr. Nathan Pennell
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Malignant Mesothelioma (Definition)

Mesothelioma= rare cancer arising from the mesothelium, a thin lining that covers the ...Read more