The most commonly occurring type of Mesothelioma Cancer is Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer, which attacks the cells that line the lungs. The second most commonly occurring variety is Peritoneal, which attacks the cells that line the stomach. Generally, Mesothelioma is cancer that affects the cells that line the inside of a human organ, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and stomach.
Mesothelioma Cancer is a fast developing and fast spreading cancer that often goes unnoticed in the earlier stages. The primary symptoms include chest pain or discomfort in the lower back. Pleural will share the symptoms of viral pneumonia in most patients, and only after several attempts to treat the patient for pneumonia is the cancer likely to be discovered. Most commonly affected is the right lung, which is affected in 60% of all diagnosed cases of Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer.
The symptoms commonly shared in Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer include bowel obstruction, stomach pain, distention of the abdomen and severe nausea. Because this type of cancer spreads more rapidly than other types, it is imperative that when a patient suspects that they may have it, they contact their doctor immediately.
Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer accounts for almost all known Mesothelioma cases. It is often associated with exposure to asbestos, prior to the days of serious regulation of the material.
Diagnosis of Mesothelioma Cancer is almost always made from the results of radiology tests in combination with a tissue biopsy from the affected tissue. CT Scans and MRIs are also considered useful tests for the diagnosis and staging process of Mesothelioma Cancer.
The sooner a diagnosis is made – the better the chances of treatment. Right now, there are currently a huge number of clinical trials in which Mesothelioma Cancer patients are invited to participate. Some of the trials have specific demographics that they need, while others are open to all patients. http://www.mesotheliomaweb.org/clinical.htm provides a list of current clinical trials.