Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma

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					The TV has lawyer commercials on all the time, "If you or a loved one has
Mesothelioma…." But what is it? Hopefully this article will help you
understand. More attention is being called to it right now, as Merlin
Olsen succumbed to it Thursday after a year long battle.Pleural Malignant
Mesothelioma DefinitionThere is a tissue that covers your lungs (among
other organs) called the mesothelium. This lining actually produces
lubrication for your organs to move, say during breathing. When this rare
cancer develops of this lining it is called Pleural Malignant
Mesothelioma. For a map with statistics on age and area, you can see it
at this CDC site.Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma CausesAsbestos is the
main cause for Mesothelioma. When a person breathes in the Asbestos, it
damages the mesothelium lining and causes changes in the cells. However,
it could take up to thirty years post exposure before Mesothelioma
develops. This is a proven way that one can get Mesothelioma.There is
some speculation that exposure to the virus SV40 could possibly also be
linked to Mesothelioma. Researchers have found SV40 cells in Mesothelioma
patients, but it is important to keep in mind, they also have done so in
healthy people.Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma SymptomsThe symptoms of
Mesothelioma are those which can easily be dismissed as something far
less serious at first, and oftentimes goes overlooked. Some may think
they have the flu. They are as
follows:CoughFeverSweatingFatigueHoarsenessOther symptoms are easily seen
as a real problem and are as follows:Pain in the side of the
chestShortness of breathWeight lossTrouble swallowingPleural Malignant
Mesothelioma TreatmentsIt is very difficult to treat Mesothelioma. If
caught still early, say stage one or two, sometimes surgery can be
performed to remove the cancer. Because of the area it is in, treatment
by surgery is very difficult. Just as with other cancers, radiation and
chemotherapy are options chosen by the specialists.The patient is spoken
to by their oncologist about what stage they are in and how this will
effect treatment. The very hard decision is then made to try to treat the
cancer, or to base treatment on comfort of the patient.Pleural Malignant
Mesothelioma OutlookUnfortunately, Mesothelioma is a very hard cancer to
treat. Patients are usually told they have a year to live. With new
research, there are more and more Mesothelioma survivors past that one
year outlook. The five year survival rate is a mere 9%.

				
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