Symptoms of Mesothelioma

In most situations, people usually ignore the symptoms of Mesothelioma due to their generic character. This is because the early symptoms of mesothelioma can also be the indication of other shared diseases. Furthermore, researches have concluded that a patient with prior exposure to asbestos may develop mesothelioma much later in his/her life, i.e. after 20 to 40 years of asbestos encounter. consequently, many patients disregard the possibility of developing mesothelioma due to something that happened much earlier in their lives.

Mesothelioma is a cancer in which the protective linings of the body’s internal organs get affected by malignant cells. These linings include:

oPleura: the outer lining surrounding the lungs and chest cavity;

oPeritoneum: the lining of the abdominal cavity; and

oPericardium: a sac holding the heart.

The symptoms of mesothelioma affecting these organs can vary due to the special character and roles of the organs. Some of these symptoms are harsh, and also some of the symptoms are scarce. It is, consequently, recommended to contact a physician if the symptoms prevail.

Additionally, if mesothelioma is detected at early stages, the chances for a possible cure are high.

Following are the symptoms of mesothelioma, categorized by types:

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms:

oShortness of breath

oCoughing up blood

oPain in chest

oPleural effusions (fluid accumulation in the lung lining)

oBack pain



oProblem in swallowing

oLoss of appetite

oWeight loss

oExcessive coughing




In harsh situations, a pleural mesothelioma patient can develop pneumothorax or lung cancer (lung failure). Nonetheless, some patients may show almost no symptoms.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms:

oSwelling or mass accumulation in the abdomen

oWeight Loss

oAbdominal pain

oBowel obstruction

oBlood clots





Pericardium Mesothelioma Symptoms:

oChest pain

oShortness of breath


oUnusual heart beating

oIrregular breathing patterns

These symptoms of mesothelioma can also be the indications of other minor diseases. However, if diagnosed soon, these symptoms can help the doctors to cure the cancer at a early stage. Remember that only a doctor can confirm the presence of mesothelioma by examining medical reports, asbestos exposure history, MRI and/or CT examine. In some situations, a needle biopsy can also be conducted.

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