Mesothelioma - The Cancer Caused By Asbestos
Malignant mesothelioma is a serious and rare cancer that occurs in individuals that have either inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers. The fibers then travel through the body and become lodged, resulting in cancer that can appear decades later. Often the outer lining of the lungs, known as the pleura, becomes diseased, resulting in pleural mesothelioma.
Pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that requires an equally aggressive treatment regimen to improve the survival chances of mesothelioma patients. Treatment for mesothelioma typically involves a multi-modal approach. Patients may undergo surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, in an effort to curb the cancer’s growth.
With no known cure for the disease, mesothelioma patients often face treatments aimed at managing the symptoms and improving their quality of life. Once patients near their end of life, doctors often shift to palliative care which is intended to control pain, stop bleeding, relieve pressure, and to allow patients to be at home with their loved ones.
Mesothelioma is diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year, and about that many victims also die from the disease each year.
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