Mesothelioma is a rare kind of cancer that develops within the thin layer of tissue that covers internal organs. It is called mesothelium. In this article, you can find a description around symptoms of mesothelioma lung cancer.
The most common area affected by the Mesothelioma lung cancer is the lining of the chest wall and lungs. And in rare cases, they affect the lining of the abdomen and sacs surrounding the heart or the sac surrounding the testicles. Mesothelioma lung cancers are categorized into different types depending on the affecting area.
Mesothelioma lung cancers are categorized into different types depending on the affecting area, which is mentioned below. Depending on the type of mesothelioma lung cancer symptoms vary.
Types and symptoms of mesothelioma lung cancer
1. Pleural mesothelioma
Mesothelioma cancer which forms within the pleura is called pleural mesothelioma. Pleural is a thin membrane of cells that covers or lines the lungs and chest wall. And this type of mesothelioma cancer is seen more than other types.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
- pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
- Chest wall pain
- shortness of breath
- A persistent cough wheezing or hoarseness
- fatigue or anemia
- Night Sweats
- blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)
2. Peritoneal mesothelioma
Mesothelioma cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum) is called peritoneal mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients have much longer life expectancies compared to others.
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
- Ascites (fluid in abdomen)
- Distention of the abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Digestive disorders
3. Pericardial mesothelioma
Pericardial mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma lung cancer. It And it is developed over the lining around the heart (pericardium). Recent reports as on 2016 shows about approximately 200 cases of pericardial mesothelioma are being diagnosed. And that’s less than 1 percent of all other types mesothelioma cancers diagnosis.
Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Breathing difficulty (dyspnea)
- Murmurs (un-natural sounds from heart)
- Cough and sourness of breath.
- Chest pain.
4. Testicular mesothelioma
Testicular mesothelioma is seen in less than one percent of all mesothelioma diagnosis. It is cancer which affects cells lining surrounding the testicle. Unlike other types of mesothelioma cancer, medical researchers are not sure that this is caused by asbestos exposure. The reason for such uncertainty is limited researches are done, since the rarity of the testicular mesothelioma diagnosis.
And some researchers point that testicular mesothelioma not caused by asbestos alone but other factors which are under research. Testicular mesothelioma diagnosis is also difficult, sometimes it is diagnosed during a surgery.
Symptoms of Testicular mesothelioma
- Build up of fluid inside scrotum
- Pain and swelling of the testicles
Now we have covered most points which come under the symptoms of mesothelioma lung cancer. The above said symptoms are derived based on the diagnosis of various patients who as affected by the disease as of now, Symptoms may vary from person to person. And having any of these symptoms does not mean it’s the symptoms of mesothelioma lung cancer, the disease should be confirmed only after medical diagnosis.