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Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Asbestos Cancer

Early detection of mesothelioma can give you the chance to greatly extend your life and enjoy a much better quality of life. Even in the later stages, accurate diagnosis of mesothelioma is very important. It will help you get the proper kind of medical treatments, and avoid inappropriate and potentially harmful treatments aimed at other types of cancer or other illnesses. A diagnosis of mesothelioma is also the key to eligibility for compensation for your illness which can help you and your family pay for your care.

History of Asbestos Exposure

If you suspect that you have a history of asbestos exposure, tell your doctor. This is one of the key factors your doctor will consider before mesothelioma screening. Noticeable symptoms of mesothelioma normally do not appear until the cancer is in the final stages and cannot be treated. However, if you have a history of asbestos exposure, subtle early symptoms which are normally mistaken for symptoms of common illnesses indicate the possibility of mesothelioma and the need for testing.

Blood Tests

There are two fairly new blood tests which can be very helpful in diagnosing mesothelioma.

MesoMark measures the amount of Soluble Mesothelin-Related Proteins (SMRP) in your blood. It can help your doctor decide if you need more extensive mesothelioma testing even when no symptoms are present.

miRview is a blood test which differentiates mesothelioma from other types of cancer.

Physical Exam

During your physical examination your doctor will listen to your lungs, feel for tumors or tenderness, look for signs of fluid build-up in the lining of the lungs (pleural effusion), and for reduced chest expansion. Because pleural mesothelioma and asbestosis are both caused by asbestos exposure and both affect the lungs, your doctor will be looking for signs of both diseases. Asbestosis and mesothelioma can occur together.

Imaging Tests

Your doctor may order several imaging tests including:

  • X-ray
  • X-ray
  • Computerized axial tomography (CAT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET scan)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

Biopsy

Biopsy involves taking a fluid or tissue sample. Some types of biopsy are invasive and can carry significant risks. Biopsy procedures you may require include:

  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Mediastinoscopy

Biopsy is merely the procedure used to collect samples from your body. Those samples are needed for important tests including immunohistochemistry. At this time biopsy is necessary for a definite diagnosis of mesothelioma, to determine which type of mesothelioma cells are present, and to differentiate mesothelioma from other types of cancer.