Mesothelioma

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an uncommon cancer that affects the tissues of the lungs or torso, covering the vital organs. Many times it is not detected until it is in the advanced stages. If you have Mesothelioma, note that there is no cure, but prognosis are improving. It has been said that it is not a death sentence, so no worries when they diagnose you with this illness. Don’t feel the need to run out and start planning your funeral just yet.

Signs and Symptoms

The many signs and symptoms for Mesothelioma are weight loss, chest pain, painful coughing, muscle weakness, fever, shortness of breath, complications with Respiratory, extreme fatigue, wheezing, coughing, bowel obstruction, loss of appetite, blood clotting, coughing blood, and many more.

Cause of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is caused by Asbestos which is an insulation that is can be Blue, Brown or White, that is heat and fire resistant. That is breathe into the body for long periods of time. Often times Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnosed.

Exposure to Asbestos is the primary cause of Pleural Mesothelioma. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they travel to the ends of small air passages and reach the Pleural, where they can cause scarring and inflammation. This may damage cells’ DNA and might cause changes that result in uncontrolled cell growth. If ingested, these fibers can possibly reach the abdominal walls. Which can lead to a role in causing Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Most people who come in contact with asbestos, even in large amounts, do not get Mesothelioma. Other factors, such as a person’s genes, may make them more likely to develop this sickness when exposed to asbestos. For example, researchers have found that some people who seem to be at high risk have changes in BAP1, a gene that normally helps keep cell growth under control.

Mesothelioma Survival Rate

The treatment for mesothelioma depends on whether or not it has spread. Unfortunately, when mesothelioma is diagnosed, it has usually already spread beyond the point where it could be removed. You should have a full discussion with your doctor who knows your case. A specialist will be able to give the advantages and disadvantages, the success rate, possible side-effects and other details about the various possible treatments for Mesothelioma.

Surgery

Surgery may be an option if your Mesothelioma is in one area of your Pleura. This operation may involve removing part, or all, of your Pleura and a portion of your lung that is closes to the Pleura. This type of procedure is called a Pleurectomy. Patients may have surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible in order to improve their symptoms. It is unlikely for you to have surgery if you have Peritoneal Mesothelioma, as this procedure is less likely to cure Mesothelioma.

FYI: In many cases, treatment is aimed to cure the cancer. Doctors tend to use the word ‘remission’ other than the word ‘cured’. The term remission means there is no visible signs of cancer following your treatment. If ‘in remission’, you may be healed. However, in some cases cancer can return months or years later. This is why doctors are often times, reluctant to use the word cured.

 Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is a treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation which focuses on cancerous tissue.

This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. Radiotherapy is often used to improve symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath and also to reduce the size of any tiny lumps (nodules) that may have formed. Some people may be given radiotherapy after their surgery.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the treatment for cancer that uses anti-cancer medicines which kill or stop cancer cells from multiplying. Chemotherapy is sometimes given and can slow the growth and improve symptoms.

 Other treatment

If you have recurrent effusions. Where the fluid builds up between the linings of your lungs. A possible procedure is available to help reduce the risk of this happening in the future. This is called a Pleurodesis. During a Pleurodesis, is a procedure that causes Pleural and the lining of the lings to come together. A chemical is then injected into this space, which prevents the fluid from forming again. A local Anesthetic numbs the skin so it is painless.

What is the Prognosis?

In most cases, the prognosis is generally poor. The prognosis is usually best if you are diagnosed in the early stage, when the Mesothelioma is still tiny. An operation may then give a good you a chance of being cure. However, with most people, Mesothelioma is diagnosed when it is usually too far gone, which means that a cure is less likely. For most people with Mesothelioma, the expected lifespan after diagnosis is not more than 1-2 years. However, treatment can often slow down the advancing of this illness.

The treatment of cancer is a continuous developing area of medicine. New treatments continue to developed every day. Your doctor can give more accurate information about your particular prognosis. Also tell you how well your type or stage of Mesothelioma is likely to respond to current treatment.

Encourage Yourself: You can be healed in Jesus Name’, but remember this, it is not our will, but God’s. He has the last and final say. As the scriptures point out, “it is appointed once for man to die.”  or “to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.” Yes we all want to live as long as possible, I know I do. If for no other reason than those three beautiful grand babies of mines.But if you are a christian, you already know what the bible says about life and death. Live each day like it’s your last, but remember to plan for tomorrow.

Resources:

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) 1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027 USA 
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)TTY: 888-232-6348
Email CDC-INFO UNITED STATES
MAYO CLINIC, UNITED STATES   www.mayoclinic.org
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, MEDICAL CENTER, UNITED STATES    https://www.uchicago.edu/

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