Peritoneal Mesothelioma: what is?

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the wall of the abdomen (peritoneum). Most physicians and researchers believe that the main cause of this disease is exposure to asbestos. Because the symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma are similar to those of other conditions, the disease is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Accordingly, most patients with this disease have an expectation of life of one year or less. However, treatments are available for prolonging life, relieve pain and reduce depression and anxiety of patients of mesothelioma. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is caused by tiny asbestos fibres which are recorded in the abdominal wall. There are two theories on the way in which the asbestos fibres can reach the peritoneum. First of all, it may be that patients ingest the asbestos fibres, while the consumption of food covered with microscopic particles of asbestos. Second, it is possible that patients inhale asbestos fibres which finally enter the bloodstream and the lymphatic system and become deposited in the stomach.

Most of the patients of mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos from 30 to 40 years before their diagnosis. In previous decades, asbestos was widely used in the construction of houses, shipbuilding and automobile industry. The workers who handled asbestos materials typically had no protection against the inhalation and ingestion of asbestos particles. Unfortunately, many of these workers develop symptoms of malignant mesothelioma today, several decades after exposure.

Symptoms

Peritoneal Mesothelioma causes cells in the stomach lining of overproduce fluid. As a result, fluid is retained in the abdominal cavity. Therefore, some patients notice persistent bloating and swelling in the stomach. Many patients experience also low-grade fever, general weakness, shortness of breath and nausea. Unfortunately, these symptoms usually when cancer Mesothelioma has already advanced and spread. As a result, the prognosis of mesothelioma is often only a few months to a year. Generally, the earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, better prognosis.

Treatments

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is treated as most other cancers. The main treatments include radiation, chemotherapy, and immune therapy. Most patients also receive the complete treatment designed to improve their overall strength, raise red blood cells and drain their liquid cells. An important part of any plan of treatment is pain. Fortunately, advances in medicine today mean that mesothelioma patients have no extreme pain. Physicians may prescribe a variety of drugs according to the unique needs of each patient. Finally, many patients of Mesothelioma has also consult a psychiatrist or psychologist to relieve their psychological suffering and learn to cope with their disease.

If you or a close was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a competent doctor and also speak to a qualified Mesothelioma lawyer. The Attorney can help you to hold those responsible for your suffering financially responsible with a claim for compensatory and punitive damages. While money can restore your health, it may help you pay your medical bills and other costs and help your family cope with the economic strain produced by your illness and loss of income.

See a lawyer to discuss your exposure to asbestos and potential compensation for the costs of your treatment of mesothelioma peritoneal.

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