Friday, July 17, 2009

What are the different types of mesothelioma?

1) Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The symptoms occur in the abdomen and spreads to other organs like spleen or bowel. It causes severe discomfort in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include difficult bowel movements, nausea and vomiting, fever and swollen feet.

The survival rate is even worse for those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma will patients typically surviving only ten months from time that they first started experiencing the symptoms noted above.

2) Malignant Mesothelioma

This is the cancer that is caused because of asbestos and is most serious and often the symptoms are hard to diagnose. Malignant mesothelioma is diagnosed, it will be in severe stage and patients may not respond well to the treatment by the doctors.

3) Pericardial Mesothelioma

This is the least common form. This involves the heart and as the disease spreads, the heart will not be able to deliver oxygen to the body which in turn causes further bad health. Symptoms are pain in the chest and shortness of breath.

4) Pleural Mesothelioma

This affects the chests and lungs and is not always detectable. This form of mesothelioma can affect lot of organs including brain. The survival rate for patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma typically is not high. Patients typically do not live beyond seventeen months from the onset of symptoms. Only 8% of those diagnosed with mesothelioma will live three to five years from the onset of symptoms.

5) Benign Mesothelioma

This affects the peritoneum. This is also extremely difficult to diagnose and requires specialized microscopes and immunologic techniques to aid in diagnosis.