What are the Different Mesothelioma Symptoms?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 December 2018
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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the tissue which forms a thin layer around most of the internal organs. There are several different types of this kind of cancer, with each of them manifesting different mesothelioma symptoms. Some of these symptoms are relatively easy to treat, while others can be extremely painful and incapacitating.

One example is pleural mesothelioma. This form of the disease is the most common type, and is found in the tissue that covers the lungs. As a result, the pleural form has a significant impact on different respiratory functions. Pleural mesothelioma symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest pain located under the rib cage, and the development of lumps under the skin of the chest. Coughing is often painful, and dry coughing is not uncommon.

Peritoneal mesothelioma involves the development of cancer in the tissue found in the abdomen. This form of cancer can cause a number of abdominal complaints as well as negatively impact the function of the bowels. Mesothelioma symptoms associated with this type also include consistent pain in the abdomen as well as some swelling. Diarrhea and constipation are both possibilities. As with pleural mesothelioma, lumps may also form just under the skin.


Pericardial mesothelioma occurs when the cancer develops in the tissue surrounding the heart. As the mass grows and presses against the heart, a great deal of pain will occur. In addition, mesothelioma symptoms such as dizziness and lightheadedness may develop, as well as pains in the arms and chest. The symptoms only get worse as the tumor grows and presses harder on the heart.

Mesothelioma symptoms often include unexplained weight loss as well. Many forms of the cancer also cause recurring pains in areas of the body that are far removed from the site of the growth itself. This is because the functions of many organs in the body are far reaching; when those functions are impaired, different types of discomfort are likely to occur in such remote areas as the fingers and toes, and the muscles of the legs and forearms.

As with any type of cancer, the quick treatment of the tumor and any mesothelioma symptoms is essential in order to improve the chances for a full recovery. Because all of these symptoms can also be associated with other ailments, it is important to seek the aid of a physician as soon as they begin to manifest. A doctor can assess the situation and order the proper tests to determine the origin of the symptoms and take appropriate action.



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