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What About Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Symptoms

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									Although peritoneal mesothelioma is not the most common form of this
disease, it is a very aggressive form of cancer. It is formed when
asbestos fibers or foreign chemical substances are trapped in the space
between the lining of the abdomen. As the cancer progresses there are
more complications involved. However, treatment options are best when the
patient responds well to the treatment. Studies have shown that of all
mesothelioma cases only twenty percent are peritoneal which is relatively
low in this already rare form of cancer. There is no definite source to
the cause of the mesothelioma but it is believed to be caused by
prolonged proximity to asbestos, through survey results of those with the
disease from around the world. Radiation exposure, thoratast or thorioum
dioxide used in x-rays in the 1950's, the virus SV40 or the simian virus
or a mineral in turkey called zeolite are all a contributing factor.
Asbestos enters our systems through inhaling it and can cause it to get
into our lungs. Our bodies' natural defenses try to get rid of it through
coughing it up, which can cause it to be swallowed and allows for
entrance into the stomach. It then works it way into the mesothelium, or
a protective sac that covers the internal organs. The abdomen wall, also
know as peritoneum, continues to be attacked as this cancer forms. Once
the substance is trapped the body cannot drive it out. As the asbestos
fibers irritate the abdomen cavity, fluid will usually form and tumors
eventually as well. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, swelling and
pain in the abdomen, appearance of lumps under the skin, diarrhea,
constipation, nausea and vomiting. It will also start putting pressure on
the surrounding organs as fluid builds up. These are things the doctors
look out for to determine mesothelioma as the culprit. Only about one in
a million people are affected by mesothelioma but when it found it's
usually spread to far for treatment. Once they can start fighting the
disease it's likely a patient will do well if found in the first stage.
Surgery is a lot less risky because the health of the patient is stable
enough to recover well afterward. Through the second stage the cancerous
cells may have infected most of the abdominal area. At this point
possibilities for treatment can be hard to treat. The third stage can be
a nightmare to cure because of the cancer has most likely spread to the
surrounding organs. Chemotherapy and painkillers are recommended. It
greatly depends upon the body reacting well to the treatment. Many
survivors are reported when the disease is found early, about half live
to the two year mark and twenty percent live up to five years.    For the
most part peritoneal mesothelioma is hard to diagnose, yet comparatively
there are few reasons to suspect it. If for any reason, however, there is
suspected possibilities of contracting such a disease, one should be
routinely checked in order to find the cancer early before it spreads
farther than treatment options can guarantee. There are great successes
through medicine practice; one only has to have the knowledge of what to
watch for and take action to get treatment as early as possible.


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