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Peritoneal Mesothelioma What Is It


									Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the
lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum). Most doctors and researchers
think that the main cause of this disease is exposure to asbestos.
Because the symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma resemble those of other
ailments, the disease is often diagnosed at a late stage. As a result,
most patients with this illness have a life expectancy of one year or
less. However, treatments are available to prolong the lifespan,
alleviate the pain, and reduce the depression and anxiety of mesothelioma
patients. Read on to learn more.Causes Peritoneal mesothelioma is caused
by tiny asbestos fibers that become logged in the abdominal lining. There
are two theories about how the asbestos fibers may reach the peritoneum.
First, it may be that patients ingest the asbestos fibers while eating
food covered with microscopic asbestos particles. Second, it is possible
that patients inhale asbestos fibers that eventually enter the
bloodstream and lymphatic system and become deposited in the stomach
area.Most mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos 30 to 40 years
prior to their diagnosis. In previous decades, asbestos was widely used
in home construction, shipbuilding and the automotive industry. Workers
who handled asbestos materials typically did not have any protection
against inhaling and ingesting asbestos particles. Sadly, many of these
workers are developing symptoms of malignant mesothelioma now, many
decades after their exposure.SymptomsPeritoneal mesothelioma causes the
cells in the stomach lining to over-produce fluid. As a result, fluid is
retained in the abdominal cavity. Consequently, some patients notice
persistent bloating and swelling in the stomach area. Many patients also
experience low-grade fever, overall weakness, shortness of breath and
nausea. Unfortunately, these symptoms usually appear when the
mesothelioma cancer has already advanced and spread. As a result, the
prognosis of mesothelioma often is only a few months to a year.
Generally, the sooner mesothelioma is diagnosed, the better the
prognosis.Treatments Peritoneal mesothelioma is treated like most other
cancers. The main therapies include radiation, chemotherapy and immune
therapy. Most patients also receive comprehensive therapy designed to
improve their overall strength, raise their red blood cell count, and
drain their cells of excess fluid. A major part of any treatment plan is
pain management. Fortunately, today's medical advances mean that
mesothelioma patients do not have to experience extreme pain. Doctors can
prescribe a variety of medications according to each patient's unique
needs. Finally, many mesothelioma patients also consult a psychiatrist or
psychologist in order to alleviate their psychological suffering and
learn how to cope with their disease.If you or a loved one has been
diagnosed with mesothelioma, consult knowledgeable doctors and also talk
to a skilled mesothelioma lawyer. The attorney might help you hold those
responsible for your suffering financially liable through a demand of
compensatory and punitive damages. While money cannot restore your
health, it can help you pay your medical bills and other expenses and
help your family overcome the economic strain produced by your illness
and loss of income.

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