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How will mesothelioma affect my health going forward?

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In brief: Not well

Only effective treatment is surgery.
Chemo and radiation not effective.

In brief: Not well

Only effective treatment is surgery.
Chemo and radiation not effective.
Dr. Arnold Friedman
Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Dr. Eric Toloza
usually need surgery plus chemo plus radiation, or else chemotherapy plus radiation ... but treatment usually not curative; usually just prolongs life by a few years.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Dificult question

What you feel depends on how good your lung function is overall.
As long as it is not compressing on something that hurts, like a nerve under a rib, you should not have a lot of pain but it varies with the person. As the lung in the afected side of the chest gets involved, it wil slowly cut down on your breathing ability so the better you lung function before all this happened the better.

In brief: Dificult question

What you feel depends on how good your lung function is overall.
As long as it is not compressing on something that hurts, like a nerve under a rib, you should not have a lot of pain but it varies with the person. As the lung in the afected side of the chest gets involved, it wil slowly cut down on your breathing ability so the better you lung function before all this happened the better.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Eric Toloza
malignant mesothelioma will eventually cause shortness of breath, chest wall pain, and cachexia (wasting away due to the cancer) ... can also cause gastrointestinal problems if it develops in the abdomen.
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