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What is Mesothelioma?


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The National Cancer Institute says that "Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer and that it is a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura), in the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) or the lining around the heart (the pericardium)".

What is peritoneal mesothelioma?

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity and this form of cancer makes up approximately one fifth to one third of the total number of mesothelioma cases that are diagnosed.

How do you contract Mesothelioma?

The majority people with malignant mesothelioma worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos. Others were exposed to asbestos in a household environment and often without knowing it.

How much exposure does it take to get the disease?

An exposure to asbestos for as little as one or two months can result in mesothelioma - 30 or 40 years later.

How long does it take after exposure for the disease to show up?

People that were exposed to asbestos in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s are currently being diagnosed with mesothelioma because of the long latency period of asbestos disease.

What are the chance of curing mesothelioma?

Like most cancers, the prognosis for this disease often depends on how early it was diagnosed and how forcefully it is then treated.

Is there any hopeful research or are there any promising drugs for mesothelioma?

Research is being conducted at various cancer centers all over the United States and the rest of the world as well as by a great number of pharmaceutical companies.

A recent study of Altima showed patients living much longer with Altima than with other chemotherapy drugs and hopefully others will soon be available.