A Glossary For Mesothelioma Cancer

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is often caused by malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the organs. The most common is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the lining (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, or membrane vaginalis.

Most of the people affected by mesothelioma caused by working at a job in inhaled asbestos particles, or perhaps because they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. Washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can also be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, and there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is important in discussing mesothelioma (see asbestos and the law).

With symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural fluid (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) or chest wall pain, and also because of being overweight. Diagnosis may be suspected with chest X-ray and CT scan, and confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopic examination. A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsies. Allow the introduction of objects such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (called pleurodesis), which prevents more fluid from accumulating and pressing on the lung.

Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, which carry the disease prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.