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Mesothelioma Symptoms

Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos is a slow and silent killer which does its work on a body over several decades without drawing attention to itself until the damage is severe and irreversible. The symptoms of mesothelioma normally do not appear until 20 to 50 years have passed after asbestos exposure. Those who experience early symptoms often mistake them for symptoms of common illnesses. Many mesothelioma victims do not experience any symptoms until the cancer is in the final stages. If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos, talk to your doctor about mesothelioma screening before symptoms arise.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is cancer of the lining which surrounds the lungs, called the pleura. Many of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are caused by pressure and restriction of movement created by thickening of the pleural membrane, fluid buildup (pleural effusion), and eventually the development of tumors. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

  • Persistent dry, non-productive cough
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shortness of breath when at rest
  • Chest or rib pain
  • Painful breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fluid surrounding the lungs (pleural effusion)
  • Lumps under the skin on the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds, protects, lubricates, and supports the abdominal organs. Thickening of the peritoneum, fluid buildup, and tumors caused by peritoneal mesothelioma put pressure on the abdominal organs interfering with their function and causing pain. The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include digestive problems and difficulty breathing. Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:

  • Unexplained weight loss, often paired with larger abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Lumps under the skin of the abdomen

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma. It is cancer of the protective sac around the heart. Pericardial mesothelioma puts pressure on the heart and interferes with its function. Symptoms include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath even when at rest
  • Difficulty breathing when lying down
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Night sweats