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Pleural Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the various linings of the body, called the mesothelium. The mesothelium is responsible for producing a lubricating fluid that keeps the organs from painfully rubbing against the body cavity and each other. When mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lungs, it is called pleural mesothelioma.

What Causes Pleural Mesothelioma?

Pleural mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos breaks down into microscopic fibers, which you can then inhale or ingest. Your body is unable to rid itself of these fibers, so that they become lodged in your tissue. From here, your cells can mutate into cancerous tumors that can spread throughout your body.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

In patients with pleural mesothelioma, the lining of the lungs begins to thicken and produce too much of the lubricating fluid. This puts pressure on the lungs, which can cause:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain in the chest cavity
  • Painful breathing
  • Shortness of breath

Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Options

As with other forms of cancer, there are three common methods of treating pleural mesothelioma, which can be combined in various ways in order to help you. These methods include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgical removal of tumors

In some cases, you can choose to participate in clinical trials that are testing new ways and medications for treating pleural mesothelioma. However, successful treatment of mesothelioma is often extremely challenging.

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A diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma is frightening. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, fill out the contact form located at the upper right-hand corner of the page in order to receive more information.

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