Individuals who have been affected by mesothelioma experience different symptoms that vary from one stage of cancer to the next. If you experience difficulty while breathing and if you have a history of prolonged asbestos exposure, you should talk to a specialist immediately.
This condition is caused as a result of breathing in microscopic asbestos fibers that get entrapped in the pleura or the lining of the lungs. This foreign body leads to irritation and swelling of the pleura which results in thickening and collection of fluids in the pleural region. It is due to this that the person affected experience breathlessness and pain in the chest.
In the early stages, common symptoms that surface are fatigue, weight loss, and body pain. During the later stages, there are signs of night sweats, persistent cough, and difficulty in swallowing.
EPP (or extrapleural pneumonectomy) is a surgical treatment that is recommended by most doctors. In this surgery, the infected lungs and the pleural area surrounding the lung, heart, and diaphragm are removed. Most of the cancerous cells are removed in this surgical procedure.
The symptoms vary from one person to another, and there is no clear demarcation of each stage of cancer. It is seen that majority of the patients came with complaints of weight loss and lack of appetite. Often, this disease is wrongly diagnosed as a case of a hernia or IBS.
Initial Diagnosis And Treatment
Based on the blood test and X-ray reports, your doctor can suggest a treatment for you. It is usually classified as localized or advanced, and depending on the stage of cancer, medication and therapies are required.
Your doctor will suggest cytoreduction with HIPEC that is used to remove the tumor with radiation and chemotherapy. There are several successful case histories that reports increased the lifespan of the patient after the treatment.
One in 1000 people are affected by this form of cancer, and the origin of the disease is not known. Common signs include chest pain, thickening of the pericardial region, accumulation of fluid and irregular heartbeats. Misdiagnosis can happen as the symptoms seen in this case are widespread. It could be a case of improper digestion that can cause chest pain or a burning sensation in this region.
Cancer cells start to grow in other regions away from the primary site. As a result, diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult. Symptoms like coughing blood, Horner’s Syndrome and paralysis of the voice box are seen.
Apart from taking medications, the patient must be educated on this form of cancer caused by inhaling excess of asbestos particles. Several online support groups can help them in finding financial support and emotional help. Reach out to these websites and remember, in fighting this lone battle, you do not have to stand all by yourself. Help is definitely around the corner.