Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. It attacks the special cells that form the lining of the body, called the mesothelium. In some cases, mesothelioma can attack specific regions of the mesothelium. When it begins to grow in the lining of the heart, it is called pericardial mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma
Although pericardial mesothelioma is one of the rarer forms of this cancer, it is also very deadly due to the important organ located nearby. The pericardium is the special type of mesothelium that envelops the heart, giving it space to expand and contract as it pumps life-giving blood throughout your body. When cancer develops in the pericardium, it can prevent your heart from expanding all the way. This can cause medical problems such as:
- Heart palpitations
- Other heart irregularities
Treatment for Pericardial Mesothelioma
As with all types of cancer, an early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death with pericardial mesothelioma. Doctors typically use diagnostic testing such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or x-rays to see if tumors are present around your heart. If you are diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma, you have the standard three treatment options of:
Sadly, it can be difficult to treat pericardial mesothelioma since the tumors are so close to your heart.
A pericardial mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating and confusing. In many cases, you may not know where to turn or what to do. To help you in this difficult time, we provide important information regarding this type of cancer. For more information, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.