Thursday, August, 17, 2017

Mesothelioma Symptoms

One of the greatest dangers of mesothelioma is that decades can pass before the first symptom shows up in a victim. Twenty, 30, and even 50 years can pass between a victim’s first exposure to asbestos and the initial sign of illness. Indicators of the early stages of mesothelioma can be as simple as a consistent cough or chest pains. The different types of mesothelioma - Pleural, Peritoneal, and Pericardium – reveal different symptoms.

Pleural (lungs and chest) mesothelioma is indicated by an initial loss of breath and regular cough. As the cancer spreads and becomes more serious in later stages, chest pain will increase due to fluids spreading throughout the linings of the chest and lungs. The fluid will surround the lungs and fill the lining of the chest, creating a swelling and intense pain, as well as apply greater pressure to the lungs and making breathing much more difficult for the victim. Pleural mesothelioma becomes very evident when the symptoms increase to exhaustion, severe cough and sore throat, extreme difficulty in breathing, wheezing, possible anemia, and coughing up blood and other fluids. In the most severe stages of pleural mesothelioma, the victim will experience a collapsed lung and respiratory failure. In later stages, the cancer will spread throughout the chest and into other parts of the body.

Peritoneal (abdomen) mesothelioma is indicated in the early stages by stomach pains and swelling due to fluid buildup. Upon touch, the abdomen will feel stiff, as if full from a large meal, and the victim will begin to experience difficulties with defecation, urination and bowel movements. As the cancer becomes more serious and spreads beyond the stomach lining and abdominal walls, the victim’s appetite will be suppressed causing weight loss and fevers. Swelling will also increase throughout the body. In the later and more serious stages, the body will experience severe blood clotting, internal bleeding, and low blood sugar. The skin will become yellow from jaundice, and fluids will put intense pressure on the abdomen and chest as the cancerous cells spread to other areas of the body.

With Pericardium (heart) mesothelioma, the early symptoms include chest pains, shortness of breath, coughing, and weakness. As the cancer progresses, exhaustion and fatigue become common symptoms, and fluid begins collecting in the pericardial lining of the heart. In later stages, the pressure on the heart becomes too great and the victim will experience heart complications, including heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure.

In any case of mesothelioma, the cancer will spread to almost every region of the body causing great complications and often untreatable consequences. However, as many forms of cancer have been known to spread to the bones, brain, and kidneys, mesothelioma has no serious or regular known tendency to spread to these areas of the body.