Early signs of mesothelioma symptoms can be quite common and non-specific. This has led to a delay for many to receive a proper diagnosis. Pleural mesothelioma patients sometimes have symptoms resembling viral pneumonia as they are burdened with chest pain, persistent cough and/or shortness of breath. There are, however, some patients who do not display symptoms at all. A medical professional will know that achest x-raycould help determine if there is fluid build-up or pleural effusion. At the time of mesothelioma diagnosis, statistics indicate that the right lung is affected 60% of the timeand only 5% of patients have infection of both lungs.
It is important to note that mesothelioma symptoms may in fact be caused by another asbestos-related illnessfrom a less threatening disease. Symptoms such as this should not be assumed to be caused directly by mesothelioma nor deemed harmless or brushed off as a cold or flu. Only a medical professional or medical doctor can perform the appropriate exams necessary to give a mesothelioma diagnosis. Once this is definitively found to be mesothelioma cancer or another asbestos-related illness, there are many treatments available to fight it. It is important to remember that a very low percentage of patients fighting these diseases see a slight improvement because they are generally unresponsive to therapy and have a very poor long term prognosis. With the thousands of newly diagnosed patients per year, there are advancements being made for the treatment of mesothelioma. Symptoms and clear diagnosis will designate what therapy is best for each particular case.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can appear between 20 and 50 years after the first asbestos exposure. Being able to distinguish early symptoms of an asbestos related illness can help with an early diagnosis. The problem has been educating enough of the population that was employed anywhere between 1900-1980 that would have worked in an environment that they knew or know now contained asbestos and they were exposed. Victims can suffer flu and cold-like symptoms for decades without realizing it is indeed mesothelioma symptoms or the early stages of another asbestos-related illness.
If a patient is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it usually falls into one of three forms: pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial.
PERICARDIAL MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of pericardialmesothelioma consist of:
- Heart murmur, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulty regardless if at rest or lying down
- Night sweats or fever
PERITONEAL MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of peritonealmesothelioma include:
- Pain in the abdominal
- Abnormal fluid buildup in the abdomen
- Obstruction of the bowel
- A mass in the abdomen
PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Coughing up blood
- Hoarseness or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Anemia or fatigue
- Accumulation of fluid around the lungs, chest pain