Three Types of Mesothelioma Cancer
Pleural Mesothelioma Cancer
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of malignant mesothelioma. It is the form that affects the pleural space, the thin membrane between the lungs and the chest cavity, but often spreads widely and invades other thoracic structures. Patients are often older men who experience dyspnea (difficult or labored respiration), chest pain, extensive pleural effusions (leakage of fluid through the membrane surrounding the lungs), coughing up of blood, raspy voices, and shortness of breath. Pleural mesothelioma is usually fatal within one year.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of mesothelioma that affects the peritoneum (the membrane surrounding the abdominal cavity), resulting in tumors in the stomach and abdominal organs. It may spread to involve the intestines and cause obstruction. Symptoms include ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), pain, a mass in the abdomen, loss of appetite, anemia, fever, vomiting, and blood clotting abnormalities.
Pericardial Mesothelioma Cancer
The third and rarest type of this disease is pericardial mesothelioma. Pericardial mesothelioma affects the tissue and cavity surrounding the heart. Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive coughing, and palpitations (abnormally rapid and strong heart beat).