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What Are Common Mesothelioma Symptoms?

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Malignant mesothelioma typically does not produce symptoms until 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure, but can show up in as little as ten years. In the early stages, when mesothelioma still responds to treatment, most victims do not experience symptoms or have symptoms so mild that they do not suspect cancer as the cause. The most common mesothelioma symptoms do not cause alarm until the cancer is in its final stages.

General Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of mesothelioma are specific to the area of the body which is affected, but there are many symptoms which can appear with any type of mesothelioma including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Pain

Although peritoneal mesothelioma primarily has digestive symptoms, the pressure it causes in the abdomen can also cause difficulty breathing.

Mesothelioma Pain

Mesothelioma pain comes in many forms. For most patients it continues to become more severe as the disease progresses, until finally no amount of pain medication is enough. Tumors can put pressure directly on a nerve causing severe pain. A tumor can also put pressure on an organ which, in turn, puts pressure on another organ, and so on, until the pain is most noticeable in a part of the body far away from the tumor itself.

Common Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

As you probably expect, the most common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are respiratory symptoms. They include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath which, at first, occurs with activity, but as the cancer progresses occurs even while at rest
  • Chest or rib pain
  • Painful breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing

Common Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma shares many of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma such as chest pain and difficulty breathing which eventually progresses to difficulty breathing at rest. The most common symptoms which set pericardial mesothelioma apart from other types of mesothelioma are irregular heart beat and palpitations. Pericardial mesothelioma may also cause low blood pressure and swelling, usually of the legs.

Common Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma can produce a variety of symptoms related to digestion. Abdominal pain and abdominal swelling which is combined with weight loss are very common in peritoneal mesothelioma. Other common symptoms include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation