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Benign Mesothelioma


Benign mesothelioma refers to non-cancerous tumors which develop in the mesothelium. However, it can be a warning sign that you are at risk for cancer. The term “benign mesothelioma” is confusing to many patients and their loved ones because when people use the term mesothelioma they are usually referring to malignant mesothelioma, which is cancer of the mesothelium. Left untreated, benign mesothelioma can be life-threatening, but those who seek treatment can usually make a full recovery. The discovery of benign mesothelioma can also alert patients and their doctors to the need for malignant mesothelioma screening.

Solitary Fibrous Tumors

Solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura affect the lung area. They have also been referred to as fibrous mesothelioma. They form in the lining of the lungs, and can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, coughing, fatigue, and other health problems which can become serious or fatal. However, unlike malignant mesothelioma, the tumors do not spread and they respond well to treatment.

Solitary fibrous tumors can also form in the peritoneum, which is the part of the mesothelioma which lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds the abdominal organs.

Adenomatoid Tumors

Adenomatiod tumors are benign tumors which form in the mesothelium of the reproductive organs. They typically begin in the fallopian tubes of women and the epididymis of men. Adenomatoid tumors can also be found in other parts of the reproductive system and (rarely) in other parts of the body such as the adrenal glands.

Benign Cystic Mesothelioma

Benign cystic mesothelioma is much more common in women than in men; usually in women of reproductive age. Although it is not cancerous, it has a tendency to recur, and it can become malignant. The cysts are normally found in the pelvic area. When there are symptoms they are often similar to the symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma.

Benign Mesothelioma Prognosis

Unlike malignant mesothelioma, which typically kills its victims within a year of diagnosis, benign mesothelioma can be successfully treated. In most cases the tumors can simply be removed and patients make a full recovery. Some types of benign mesothelioma tumors have a tendency to come back later and will need to be removed again.

All types of benign mesothelioma are an indicator that you may develop malignant mesothelioma, but that means that you have the opportunity to catch malignant mesothelioma very early when it is likely to respond well to treatment.

Benign mesothelioma is nowhere near as life-threatening as malignant mesothelioma, but it must be treated. Even though benign means non-cancerous, some benign tumors and cysts can become malignant. Benign mesothelioma can be very painful and if left untreated can cause life-threatening heath problems.