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Symptons & Treatment of Mesothelioma

October 5, 2009 1 comment

What are some common symptoms of mesothelioma

Some of the initial symptoms of mesothelioma mirror those of other lung diseases and illnesses. Because of the rarity of disease, it is more likely that a person exhibiting similar symptoms has a different illness. If you have had asbestos exposure, however, it is critical that you let your doctor know. Some Mesothelioma symptoms many of times include the following

  • Chest pain
  • Palpable lumps under the skin of the chest
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Pain when breathing or coughing
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing

As mesothelioma spreads, its symptoms become more severe, often leading to death from heart failure, lung failure, or stroke.

Diagnosis

An examination by your doctor should be conducted if they believe you are at rist of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.  This may include a physical examination, x-ray or lung test.A chest x-ray cannot detect asbestos fibers, but it can identify the early signs of lung disease.  Detailed imaging tests can also be ordered by your doctor, such as a CT scan or an MRI. Once a  diagnosis has been reached, the doctors will attempt to assign one of the following stages of mesothelioma cancer:

  • Stage I mesothelioma is limited to one section of the lining of the lungs.
  • Stage II mesothelioma may have spread to the diaphragm or a lung.
  • Stage III mesothelioma may have spread to other parts of the chest and to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage IV mesothelioma has spread or metastasized to other parts of the body, most commonly the lymph nodes, the brain, or to distant portions of the lungs.

Treatment

Mesothelioma, unfortunately is usually not diagnosed until it is in an advanced stage. Regardless of the stage, mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that is rarely cured. It may be possible in very young stages to remove the cancer through surgery. Otherwise, treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy & radiation may be chosen to reduce the signs and symptoms of the cancer & to slow its growth.  If you are a victim of asbestosis exposure or mesothelioma, be sure to get a dedicated mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible

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