Pleural Mesothelioma Unfortunately mesothelioma can be very difficult to treat as it is often found when it is advanced. Nearly all treatment is aimed at controlling the mesothelioma for as long as possible and keeping symptoms under control. You may have chemotherapy to try to shrink the mesothelioma and reduce symptoms. Research has shown that chemotherapy can help some people to live some weeks or months longer. Radiotherapy may also reduce the tumour size and so control symptoms. Surgery is also sometimes used to take away some of the tumour and reduce symptoms in some people with advanced mesothelioma.
Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare cancer often diagnosed in people who have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. The malignancy affects the pleura, a thin membrane of lubricating cells that lines the lungs and chest wall. It sometimes takes 10 years or more for changes to appear that are indicative of pleural disease, and even long for symptoms to manifest. These differences can include a thickening or calcification of the pleural lining, a condition commonly diagnosed as pleural plaques. Conditions like pleural calcification or the development of pleural plaques often serve as pre-cursor to mesothelioma.
Pleural Mesothelioma originates in the pleura but can quickly spread to the outer chest wall, abdomen, and heart. Pleural Mesothelioma is typically fatal within 1 year of diagnosis. However, understanding and recognizing key risk factors, like asbestos exposure, will typically lead to early detection of the cancer. Those who are fortunate to receive an early diagnosis are likely to be more eligible for life-sustaining treatments such as surgical resection of the cancer. This type of treatment can extend a patient’s life years beyond that of a typical mesothelioma patient.

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