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Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is found in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers the vital organs in the body.
Many people that develop mesothelioma usually do so after working at a job where asbestos dust and fiber particles were inhaled or after extended exposure while working in an asbestos environment. The diagnosis may be confirmed with general x-ray, CT scan and a biopsy of affected tissue.
There are three generally recognized forms of mesothelioma:
- Pleural mesothelioma: the most common type of mesothelioma, which occurs in the lining of the lungs.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma: occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
- Pericardial mesotheliomais: found in the pericardium, the lining of the heart.
Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss.
Mesothelioma can be treated with these therapies:
- Radiation therapy