WHAT IS PLEURA MESOTHELIOMA?
Dr. Alexander Farivar a thoracic surgeon at the Swedish Cancer Institute, discusses in depth issues of malignant tumors of Pleura Mesothelioma. Sharing with us treatment options for cancer involving the pleura mesothelioma. A deeper look into Mesothelioma and Malignant Pleural Issues.
Malignant Pleura Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-related cancer. Which forms on the protective tissues covering the lungs, abdomen and heart. Symptoms include coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath. Treatments combining surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are improving survival and life expectancy.
The notions of malignant tumors are changing. Scientific research and increased awareness are leading to earlier diagnoses. Improved and developing mesothelioma treatments are allowing patients to live longer than ever.
As more thoracic surgeons and oncologists become familiar with malignant mesothelioma. Patients will have more experienced doctors who can extend their life expectancy and increase their chances of surviving this disease.
Malignant Pleura Mesothelioma:
Diagram of mesothelioma; other asbestos related diseases as they form on your lungs. Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer caused by the asbestos exposure. It forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart or testicles. About 2,500 cases of malignant pleura mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States.
Only a very small portion of meso tumors are not cancerous. Known as benign mesothelioma, these tumors respond well to surgery and rarely recur.
Understanding malignant mesothelioma, is important to learn it’s causes, symptoms, types, treatment and prognosis. Learning more about mesothelioma cancer will help you make wise decisions about your treatment. Which can help aid you in choosing the best path to extend your life expectancy.
Men are usually about 75% of all diagnosed pleura mesothelioma cases. Exposure to asbestos is still the overwhelming cause of pleura mesothelioma. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once highly regarded for its insulation and fire retardant properties.
Over 70% percent of cases are men who were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military or working certain high-risk blue-collar jobs. Some of these jobs include construction, firefighting, shipbuilding and industrial work.
Secondary exposure also occurs when washing the clothes of someone in a high-risk occupation. Living near abandoned asbestos mines or areas where asbestos occurs naturally in the environment can lead to exposure.
Encourage Yourself: Please watch this video and take notes, it might help you more than you know. Be attentive to the warnings and signs the body displays. I saw this video and thought it might be very helpful to you and your loved ones. While many suffer from some of these very symptoms, they have yet to figure out what exactly is wrong with their bodies.