Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they regularly inhaled asbestos particles. Some spouses and children of asbestos workers also develop this disease due to exposure of asbestos on the worker's clothing.
Symptoms vary depending upon the location of the disease; the pleura; the pericardium; or the peritoneum. Early symptoms of mesothelioma, such as difficulty in breathing and loss of appetite, are non-specific and may be misdiagnosed as more common ailments.
The four stages of meso are measured by two different systems depending upon the type of the cancer. The TNM system takes into consideration three variables tumor, lymph nodes and metastasis, while the Brighan system considers whether or not the bad cells can be removed by surgery.
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Also, keeping up on the lastest meso news, may bring you insights on managing this disease and surviving mesothelioma.