Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

People begin to see signs of Mesothelioma before they begin to do tests to see if they actually have this form of cancer. The tests to see exactly which type of Mesothelioma you may have are quite intricate and extreme, so its best to wait until you think for sure that you are experiencing signs of this form of cancer. Signs may include coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pains. If you are feeling any of these symptoms it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you possibly can before it gets even worse. Once you have set up a meeting with a doctor or a physician with a high level of expertise on the subject, it’s important to ask them as many questions as you can think of to get the full picture on what symptoms mean which type of mesothelioma.

Different Types of Mesothelioma

Your mesothelium is the thin membrane that covers the inside of the body and lubricates the cavities of the body as well. It’s an important part of your lungs, and cancer can form in this area from exposure to asbestos, the inside of the walls of your home. This is what is known as mesothelioma. Not many people outside the medical field know this, but there are multiple different types of mesothelioma that you could be unlucky enough to have. There’s Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, and Pericardial Mesothelioma. Each of these types are different, concerning which part of the body has the cancerous tumor.

Pleural mesothelioma is where the cancer has developed in the lining of your lungs. Most of the diagnosed cases of mesothelioma (about 75 percent) are pleural mesothelioma cases. This is due to the asbestos of your home being inhaled into your lungs, which causes fibers from the asbestos to become lodged or stuck inside the lining of your lungs.

Your abdomen is another significantly vital part of the body, which is why you never want to have to hear that you have peritoneal mesothelioma. This type of mesothelioma is also caused from mistakenly breathing in asbestos fibers, and the cancer begins to develop in your abdomen and take over your organs. While this isn’t quite as common as pleural mesothelioma, it is in fact still somewhat popular with about 20% of diagnosed cases with this type of cancer in the abdomen.

Meeting the Experts

A mesothelioma prognosis is extremely difficult, even for the highest qualified and top rated physicians and doctors. Most likely the first person you will meet with is a general practitioner, who isn’t really qualified to fully diagnose you yet. This general practitioner will look to the help of radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, and other higher-level experts who probably have greater knowledge on the symptoms of mesothelioma, which is also related to lung cancer. Hopefully your general practitioner will even be able to call one of the experts in to discuss the symptoms you are having and diagnose you in person, instead of just simply relaying the information to the general practitioner and then back to you in a less informative and reliable translation.