Pleural Mesothelioma is a type of malignant Mesothelioma (cancer) which occurs in the pleura regions (a soft tissue that surrounds your lungs) of your body. Pleural Mesothelioma accounts for more than 75% of all the Mesothelioma cases and the main reason is long time exposure to asbestos fibers.
The malignant cell or malignancy affects the pleura (a thin layer of lubricating cell in chest wall). Malignant Mesothelioma is a long term process and so is the case with pleural Mesothelioma type also. Sometimes it takes more than 15 years or a patient to diagnose the indicative symptoms of pleural disease and even longer for symptoms to appear. These long term process without any treatment could lead to a biological change include a thickening or calcification of the pleural lining- a condition generally known as pleural plaques. The conditions like pleural plaques are sometimes often act as precursors to Mesothelioma
Pleural Mesothelioma develops in the pleura but can quickly spread in other parts of your body like outer chest wall, heart and abdomen. Generally, pleural Mesothelioma is fatal within one year of diagnosis however if cause like exposure to asbestos, risk factors etc are understands in time then early detection can be made.
Those patients who are fortunate to receive an early diagnosis are generally more eligible than other to take permanent and effective treatment such as surgical resection of the cancer. It’s your diagnosis that decide the type of treatment you’ll get for your cancer and early the diagnosis is detected more the life expectancy of a patient in comparison to a typical Mesothelioma patient.
While there is no such curable treatment is discovered yet for pleural Mesothelioma but treatment option do exist for this type of cancer. There are so many options available for a pleural Mesothelioma patient to control the disease. Some of the options like tumor management including radiations and chemotherapy. These treatments help in easing the symptoms of the disease and hence makes patient comfortable.
Some known Symptoms of pleural Mesothelioma
Tumor complications are generally responsible for the symptoms of pleural Mesothelioma. Some of the common and known symptoms include:
- Persistent raspy or dry cough
- Lumps under the skin of the chest
- Painful breathing
- Unexplained weight loss
- Over sweats at night with fever
- Pin in lower region of rib
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These symptoms are generally seen in most of the patient suffering from pleural Mesothelioma but still a patient suffering from this disease may show other symptoms and in that situation medical advice is needed.
So, you have seen that Pleural Mesothelioma is mainly caused due to the exposure to asbestos fiber. Asbestos is a naturally occurring microscopic mineral that was mainly used for industrial purpose. Asbestos fibers are extremely durable and also very difficult to expel it out of your body when once introduced to your internal tissue.
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