What everyone should know about malignant mesothelioma

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					Malignant mesothelioma is a term that refers to nearly every case of
mesothelioma. Although previously some medical professionals used the
term benign mesothelioma to refer to some forms of mesothelioma, this has
changed in recent years. Conditions that were formerly called benign
mesothelioma have now been reclassified as another, separate condition.
What does malignant mean?

  In general, malignant is a term used to describe conditions that are
getting worse. For cancer, this usually means that the tumor is growing;
affecting healthy tissue located nearby, and that it may metastasize.
What is malignant mesothelioma?       Mesothelioma is a cancer that
affects the mesothelium, the tissues that supports and protects organs
within the body. There are four types of malignant mesothelioma, although
testicular mesothelioma is so rare that less than one hundred cases have
been reported. The three more common forms of this cancer include
pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial.       - Pleural mesothelioma affects
the tissues around the lungs and the lungs themselves. This is the most
common form of mesothelioma. About three out of every four cases of
mesothelioma are classified as pleural mesothelioma.       - Peritoneal
mesothelioma affects the abdominal region of patients who are diagnosed
with this disease. It is concentrated in the tissues surrounding these
organs. Peritoneal is the second most common form of the disease,
comprising between 10 and 20 percent of all cases.       - Pericardial
mesothelioma, the most rare of these three forms, affects the tissues
surrounding the heart. It is far less common than the other two forms but
more common than testicular mesothelioma.       Causes, Diagnosis, and
Treatment      Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos
is a toxic compound used in a variety of industries and still found in
buildings and workplaces in the United States. Patients are diagnosed
with mesothelioma when they report symptoms of the disease to their
doctors. However, the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma are similar to
those of many other conditions, so it is extremely important to tell your
doctor if you have been exposed to asbestos so he or she will know to
test for this form of cancer.      There are several forms of treatment
for mesothelioma including surgery to remove tumors when possible,
chemotherapy, and radiation. In general, these treatments are more
successful when the disease is caught earlier.         Finding out that
you have malignant mesothelioma can be a frightening realization. For the
legal guidance you need, contact the Louisiana mesothelioma attorneys at
Landry and Swarr who have experience working with families in this area
of the law, and can help you make the best decisions for yourself and
your loved ones.

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