A kind of cancer called malignant mesothelioma (me-zoe-thee-lee-O-muh) develops in the thin layer of tissue that covers most of your internal organs (mesothelium).

An aggressive and fatal type of cancer is mesothelioma. There are mesothelioma therapies available, however for many mesothelioma patients, a cure is not feasible.

Depending on whatever portion of the mesothelioma is compromised, doctors classify mesothelioma into various categories. Most frequently, mesothelioma attacks the tissue around the lungs (pleura). Pleural mesothelioma is the name given to this kind. The tissue in the belly (peritoneal mesothelioma), the heart, and the testicles are all affected by other, more uncommon kinds of mesothelioma.


Depending on where the disease develops, mesothelioma has different signs and symptoms.

The signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue around the lungs, may include:

  • chest pain
  • aching coughing
  • breathing difficulty
  • Unusual tissue lumps beneath the skin of your chest
  • Unaccounted-for weight loss

The signs and symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects tissue in the abdomen, may include:

  • Continent pain
  • stomach bloating
  • Nausea
  • Unaccounted-for weight loss
  • Mesothelioma in other forms

Since these varieties of mesothelioma are extremely uncommon, it is unclear what the signs and symptoms of other types are.

Chest aches and breathing difficulties are only a couple of the indications and symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the tissue around the heart.

When to see a doctor?

If you have any symptoms or indications that alarm you, consult a doctor. Because mesothelioma is a rare disease, the signs and symptoms aren’t unique to it and are more likely to be linked to other illnesses. Ask your doctor to investigate any persistent symptoms or indications if they appear out of the ordinary or unpleasant. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, let your doctor know.

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