Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy in Mesothelioma Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy for pleural mesothelioma treatment should be considered if the cancer is in late stage, where surgical intervention is likely to be of any use due to spread (metastasis) of pleural mesothelioma to other parts of the body such as abdomen and other body parts.

Chemotherapy for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma:

This is the most common form of treatment in pleural mesothelioma, as most of the patients with pleural mesothelioma are treated with chemotherapy, even if surgery and/or radiotherapy is used for management of pleural mesothelioma. Chemotherapy must be used in late stages of the disease, when surgery will have little or no effect in treatment of pleural mesothelioma due to spread of the disease in distant parts of the body. There are several chemotherapeutic agents which are useful in treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, but at present USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approve only use of Cisplatin along with Alimta for treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Other chemotherapeutic agents are not approved by USFDA for treatment of pleural mesothelioma. There are several chemotherapeutic agents undergoing clinical trial to determine effectiveness of these chemotherapeutic agents, such as Gemcitabine, Navelbine in treatment of pleural mesothelioma.

Radiotherapy for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma:

Radiotherapy or radiation therapy is also commonly used modality in treatment of pleural mesothelioma, especially in the late stages, as is used in treatment of other forms of cancer. Generally radiotherapy is used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy or with both for best results in pleural mesothelioma. External beam radiation is used to cause mutation of tumor cells within the body and slow their growth and spread.

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Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma. Pleural (pleura is the thin lining or coverings of lungs) mesothelioma generally occurs to individuals exposed to high level of asbestos. Exposure to high level of asbestos for 10 or more years is generally required for pleural mesothelioma to develop. Pleural mesothelioma may occur, like other forms of mesothelioma, even decades (sometimes as late as 30 years after last exposure to asbestos) after last exposure to asbestos.

Pleural mesothelioma may start as simple pleural disease such as calcification of pleura or thickening of pleural lining and it is not uncommon to diagnose them as pleural calcification, pleural thickening or pleural plaques. As these pleural diseases are not fatal disease, they may be ignored and later on these pleural diseases may lead to development of pleural mesothelioma. Pleural diseases may not be fatal but they impair normal functioning of lungs and should be addressed appropriately. If a patient with pleural disease gives a history of asbestos exposure even only for a brief period the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma should be considered.

Pleural disease such as pleural plaques can be starting point of pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that occurs only due to exposure to asbestos and no other causative factor has been proven. Although pleura are the origin of pleural mesothelioma, it can spread to chest wall and other areas such as abdomen very fast.

Mesothelioma generally cause death within a year of diagnosis, but early detection by recognizing asbestos exposure can lead to early diagnosis and better survival. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to longer survival than untreated and late diagnosis patients of mesothelioma.

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Asbestos Exposure of Veterans

Chronic exposure to asbestos cause serious medical disorders such as asbestosis and exposure even for short duration can lead to mesothelioma, sometime as late as 30 years after exposure.

Millions of Americans have served in the armed forces and most of them are at risk of exposure to asbestos, which is the only known and proven cause of mesothelioma. Armed forces veterans face health hazards such as exposure to asbestos, during their service to nation. The risk of development of mesothelioma remains for as long as 30 years after retiring from service.

Some studies show as much as 30% of the mesothelioma (mesothelioma and asbestosis) suffers in America are veterans; both of these are incurable disease. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer and asbestosis is a lung disease where the disease progress despite treatment and removal of causative factor.

Most of the branches in the armed forces of United States use asbestos in the equipments and veterans handling these equipments are at great risk of mesothelioma. The reason of the rampant use of asbestos in the military equipments is the incredible heat- and fire-resistant property. So for decades asbestos was used rampantly, before the discovery of asbestos as the major causative factor in asbestosis and the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. In most of the countries the use of asbestos is banned now and the banning came in slowly and step by step.

Military hard wares as well as many types of military equipments such as planes, ships were built using asbestos for its incredible heat- and fire-resistant property, to prevent potential fires as these equipments have to endure high temperature. In ships (war ships) the use of asbestos was highest in the engine and boiler rooms, but unfortunately asbestos was also used in other locations where heat exposure is not a factor such as sleeping cabins and mess halls and due to these indiscriminate use of asbestos in ships the veterans from navy and marines are the worst hit by the deadly disease of mesotheliom and asbestos, as compare to other services such as army and air force.

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Alternative Medicine in Management of Pleural Mesothelioma

Diagnosis of any cancer, especially malignant pleural mesothelioma in any family member can cause depression in whole family. As malignant pleural mesothelioma is not curable, it should be managed with holistic approach (use of all types of treatment modalities such as homeopathy, naturopathy, herbal or any alternative form of medicine if required) along with conventional therapy. A holistic approach in management of pleural mesothelioma can at least give some hope to the patient and family members, if it can not alter the course of the disease. Use of alternative medicine deserves at least a try for management of incurable diseases such as pleural mesothelioma.

An increasing number of doctors (oncologists) are using CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) for management of cancers including pleural mesothelioma. Use of holistic approach in management of cancer can be called “integrative oncology”, where not only conventional therapy, but also other alternative therapies used. Commonly used Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) include acupuncture, massage, and reflexology.

Use of CAM such as acupuncture, massage, and reflexology can help better management of anxiety, restless, pain etc. due to pleural mesothelioma. Use of these CAM approaches can help to the increase the overall effectiveness of their treatment program for pleural mesothelioma. CAM approaches can also help to reduce the side effects of chemotherapeutic agents.

The overall mesothelioma prognosis is better if Complimentary and Alternative Medicine is used in management. But the use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for management of pleural mesothelioma should be decided by the patient and family members in consultation with their oncologist, taking into account the overall health condition of the patient.

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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer occurs in the epithelial cells which line the ducts or lobules of the breast tissue. Breast cancer is malignant (cancerous) proliferation of these epithelial cells. Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers in women and among epithelial cancers breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Breast cancer can occur only rarely if ever among men and the ratio of female to male is 150:1.

In regards to occurrence breast cancer is very common, but due to improved treatment in case of breast cancer the mortality has come down to a great extent in most of the countries where the cancer treatment facilities are available. Unlike other cancers, breast cancer has very good survival rate if treated properly. As compare to number of breast cancer detection every year, the number of deaths due to breast cancer is much less due to improved survival with adequate treatment.

Breast cancer is dependent on hormone and a woman without functional ovaries do not develop breast cancer and also women who has never taken estrogen replacement therapy also do not develop breast cancer. Due to the hormone dependency, breast cancer shows typical pattern in occurrence. The incidences of breast cancer start increasing after menarche (starting of menstruation in females) and increase till menopause, from where the incidence starts declining again.

Three dates in women’s life has major impact on breast cancer incidence, they are age at menarche, age at first full-term pregnancy and age at menopause. Early menarche increase risk of breast cancer e.g. menarche at 12 years of age increase the risk of breast cancer by 50-60% in compare to menarche at the age of 16 years. First full term pregnancy at the age of 18 years reduces the risk of breast cancer by approximately 35% in compare to women without children. Menopause at early age reduces the risk of breast cancer e.g. menopause 10 years earlier can reduce risk of breast cancer by 35%.

The outcome of treatment of breast cancer depends on the stage of breast cancer. Stages of breast cancer are divided from Stage I through Stage IV, the worst results with the Stage IV.

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Legal Rights in Mesothelioma

Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with fatal diseases and thousands of individuals die of these fatal diseases due to the criminal negligence of asbestos manufacturers for which the asbestos related disease like mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis etc. develop in workers of factories where asbestos is used for and many consumers of asbestos. Asbestos related diseases can occur in workers of factories where asbestos is manufactured or asbestos is used for production of some other products. Asbestos related diseases can also occur in consumers who use products that contain asbestos.

Asbestos related diseases, especially mesothelioma ia a unique disease and due to the uniqueness of the mesothelioma cancer the law that govern the compensation of mesothelioma are also different from other medical compensation claims. Mesothelioma cancer is unique because of the exclusive nature of the disease. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos and at present no other causative agent of mesothelioma is known to medical science. Mesothelioma can be attributed to the negligence of companies that manufacture asbestos-containing products. The companies (which manufacture asbestos) know about the health risks of asbestos exposure like mesothelioma and asbestosis, but if they do not to tell employees or leak this information to the general public it can be negligence on the part of company. Asbestos manufacturing companies knew about the risk of development of mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos since 1920s.

If anyone of your near and dear is diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have legal right and option to claim for compensation. There are thousands of mesothelioma litigations every year which are being settled in favor of the victim of mesothelioma for covering the medical expense and also for lost income. So if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is prudent to claim your legal rights for rightful compensation.

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What can affect life Expectancy of Mesothelioma Patients?

There are various factors that can affect the prognosis and life expectancy (survival) of mesothelioma patients. Some of the factors have greater affect on the survival of mesothelioma patients than others. The common factors that influence survival and life expectancy of a mesothelioma patiets are:

Type of mesothelioma:

Generally three types of mesothelioma are common and they are pleural, peritoneal (lining of abdomen) and pericardial (covering of heart is known as pericardium) mesothelioma. There can also be other uncommon types of mesothelioma like testicular mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the commonest type which affects the pleura or the lining or the coverings of lungs. Generally patients with pleural mesothelioma lives longer, because it is the commonest form of mesothelioma and most of the research and treatment studies are done on pleural mesothelioma in compare to other less common types.

Age of patient at diagnosis:

Most (more than 75% of total) of the mesothelioma cases occur in older age group of 55 years or above. But recent reports suggest that the average age of onset of mesothelioma is declining, may be due to mesothelioma occurring in secondary exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma occurring in older individuals may succumb to the disease earlier than younger patients due to associated chronic and severe diseases like heart disease or chronic lung disease. The general health condition of older people also less favorable for better prognosis and better life expectancy.

Smoking:

Smoking can reduce the life expectancy of mesothelioma patient to a great extent, especially in pleural mesothelioma patients. Smoking can affect the disease process in a negative way. The ill effects of smoking on health are well known to all.

The period taken to develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos also affects the prognosis and life expectancy of mesothelioma patienst. Sometimes it may take more than 30 years after the last exposure to asbestos to develop mesothelioma. The long latency period can cause difficulty in diagnosing the disease as well as delay in diagnosis. Most of the cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed when it is in the last stage when it may not be amenable to surgery. If diagnosis is in the late stage generally the treatment is only palliative to reduce suffering.

Psychological aspect:

The psychological status of the mesothelioma patient can influence the life expectancy (at least to some extent) of mesothelioma patient, as is the case in most of the chronic and serious diseases. A patient with sound psychology to withstand the serious disease like mesothelioma can have a positive effect on the outcome.

Other associated chronic and serious diseases as well as the type of symptoms mesothelioma produce can affect the prognosis and quality of life of patient.

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How to Find Mesothelioma Attorneys

Once you or any of your near and dear family member or close friend is diagnosed with mesothelioma there may be feeling of emptiness, sorrow, guilt or some other sad personal feeling and the diagnosis should always be confirmed with second opinion. At this juncture of life it is also important to take right decisions for your future and also future of your dependents and near and dear ones. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, finding a good lawyer who is experienced with handling mesothelioma cases and compensation will be of great help for the future. It is very important to find a good mesothelioma lawyer as mesothelioma cases are unique and different from other medical and work related compensation cases.

Due to the uniqueness of mesothelioma and asbestos related cases there is opportunity for large sum of compensation to be received by careful use of the law and to claim your rightful compensation. The mesothelioma attorney you select to fight your cause should have vast experience with research and evidences in the field of mesothelioma claim and compensation. Your mesothelioma attorney also should have contacts with other charities and organizations actively engaged in the fighting for workers’ rights, not only in the field of asbestos related compensation but also in many other work related fields like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and many other such organizations duly recognized by federal government of United States.

The more experience your mesothelioma lawyer has in the field of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure the better is the chance of winning a large sum of compensation by proving that the victim of mesothelioma was not aware of the risk and dangers of exposure to asbestos in the place of work and the better is the possibility of proving that the employer and the government authorities have failed to implement and educate about the asbestos and its exposure risks to the victim. Your mesothelioma attorney should have evidence of large number of previous compensation claims and if your mesothelioma attorney can quote a previous compensation claim which is similar to your case the chance of winning great sum as compensation is very high.

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How to Prevent Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma is a form of dreaded cancer which occurs in the mesothelail lining of lungs, heart, peritoneum etc. The mesothelial cells produce fluid which lubricate these organs and protect them from damage due to friction.

The only major known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos and no other cause has yet been found or proved. The exposure to asbestos typically occurs at the place of work where exposure occurs for prolonged time. Although the exposure to asbestos generally occurs at the place of work, there are also reports (proven) that mesothelioma can also to occur bystander i.e. working near others using asbestos products as well as household exposures (for example exposure from family members and their work clothes in the home or exposure at home due to use of products made of asbestos). There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos as mesothelioma can occur at any level of exposure. Mesothelioma has been reported to occur even 30 years after last exposure to asbestos.

How to prevent mesothelioma?

As the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, the only practical way of prevention of mesothelioma from developing is avoidance to exposure to asbestos. It is also important to prevent household contacts of people working at factories using asbestos or workplaces where asbestos is used, for that the cloths of the worker should be washed daily.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have laid down certain guidelines to prevent mesothelioma by asbestos regulations such as permissible level of exposure to asbestos in eight hours of work.

Regular inspection and monitoring of asbestos-containing products used at home is very important, as asbestos was very commonly used due to its certain qualities in roof shingles, insulation, flooring etc. during twentieth century.

Use of help of Medical Dictionary Online Definitions can help you to understand mesothelioma better as the definition can give you exact meaning to any medical term or word.

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Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy in Mesothelioma Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy for pleural mesothelioma treatment should be considered if the cancer is in late stage, where surgical intervention is likely to be of any use due to spread (metastasis) of pleural mesothelioma to other parts of the body such as abdomen and other body parts.

Chemotherapy for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma:

This is the most common form of treatment in pleural mesothelioma, as most of the patients with pleural mesothelioma are treated with chemotherapy, even if surgery and/or radiotherapy is used for management of pleural mesothelioma. Chemotherapy must be used in late stages of the disease, when surgery will have little or no effect in treatment of pleural mesothelioma due to spread of the disease in distant parts of the body. There are several chemotherapeutic agents which are useful in treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, but at present USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approve only use of Cisplatin along with Alimta for treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Other chemotherapeutic agents are not approved by USFDA for treatment of pleural mesothelioma. There are several chemotherapeutic agents undergoing clinical trial to determine effectiveness of these chemotherapeutic agents, such as Gemcitabine, Navelbine in treatment of pleural mesothelioma.

Radiotherapy for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma:

Radiotherapy or radiation therapy is also commonly used modality in treatment of pleural mesothelioma, especially in the late stages, as is used in treatment of other forms of cancer. Generally radiotherapy is used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy or with both for best results in pleural mesothelioma. External beam radiation is used to cause mutation of tumor cells within the body and slow their growth and spread.

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What can affect life Expectancy of Mesothelioma Patients?

There are various factors that can affect the prognosis and life expectancy (survival) of mesothelioma patients. Some of the factors have greater affect on the survival of mesothelioma patients than others. The common factors that influence survival and life expectancy of a mesothelioma patiets are:

Type of mesothelioma:

Generally three types of mesothelioma are common and they are pleural, peritoneal (lining of abdomen) and pericardial (covering of heart is known as pericardium) mesothelioma. There can also be other uncommon types of mesothelioma like testicular mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the commonest type which affects the pleura or the lining or the coverings of lungs. Generally patients with pleural mesothelioma lives longer, because it is the commonest form of mesothelioma and most of the research and treatment studies are done on pleural mesothelioma in compare to other less common types.

Age of patient at diagnosis:

Most (more than 75% of total) of the mesothelioma cases occur in older age group of 55 years or above. But recent reports suggest that the average age of onset of mesothelioma is declining, may be due to mesothelioma occurring in secondary exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma occurring in older individuals may succumb to the disease earlier than younger patients due to associated chronic and severe diseases like heart disease or chronic lung disease. The general health condition of older people also less favorable for better prognosis and better life expectancy.

Smoking:

Smoking can reduce the life expectancy of mesothelioma patient to a great extent, especially in pleural mesothelioma patients. Smoking can affect the disease process in a negative way. The ill effects of smoking on health are well known to all.

The period taken to develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos also affects the prognosis and life expectancy of mesothelioma patienst. Sometimes it may take more than 30 years after the last exposure to asbestos to develop mesothelioma. The long latency period can cause difficulty in diagnosing the disease as well as delay in diagnosis. Most of the cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed when it is in the last stage when it may not be amenable to surgery. If diagnosis is in the late stage generally the treatment is only palliative to reduce suffering.

Psychological aspect:

The psychological status of the mesothelioma patient can influence the life expectancy (at least to some extent) of mesothelioma patient, as is the case in most of the chronic and serious diseases. A patient with sound psychology to withstand the serious disease like mesothelioma can have a positive effect on the outcome.

Other associated chronic and serious diseases as well as the type of symptoms mesothelioma produce can affect the prognosis and quality of life of patient.

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Legal Rights in Mesothelioma

Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with fatal diseases and thousands of individuals die of these fatal diseases due to the criminal negligence of asbestos manufacturers for which the asbestos related disease like mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis etc. develop in workers of factories where asbestos is used for and many consumers of asbestos. Asbestos related diseases can occur in workers of factories where asbestos is manufactured or asbestos is used for production of some other products. Asbestos related diseases can also occur in consumers who use products that contain asbestos.

Asbestos related diseases, especially mesothelioma ia a unique disease and due to the uniqueness of the mesothelioma cancer the law that govern the compensation of mesothelioma are also different from other medical compensation claims. Mesothelioma cancer is unique because of the exclusive nature of the disease. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos and at present no other causative agent of mesothelioma is known to medical science. Mesothelioma can be attributed to the negligence of companies that manufacture asbestos-containing products. The companies (which manufacture asbestos) know about the health risks of asbestos exposure like mesothelioma and asbestosis, but if they do not to tell employees or leak this information to the general public it can be negligence on the part of company. Asbestos manufacturing companies knew about the risk of development of mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos since 1920s.

If anyone of your near and dear is diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have legal right and option to claim for compensation. There are thousands of mesothelioma litigations every year which are being settled in favor of the victim of mesothelioma for covering the medical expense and also for lost income. So if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is prudent to claim your legal rights for rightful compensation.

How to Find Mesothelioma Attorneys

Once you or any of your near and dear family member or close friend is diagnosed with mesothelioma there may be feeling of emptiness, sorrow, guilt or some other sad personal feeling and the diagnosis should always be confirmed with second opinion. At this juncture of life it is also important to take right decisions for your future and also future of your dependents and near and dear ones. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, finding a good lawyer who is experienced with handling mesothelioma cases and compensation will be of great help for the future. It is very important to find a good mesothelioma lawyer as mesothelioma cases are unique and different from other medical and work related compensation cases.

Due to the uniqueness of mesothelioma and asbestos related cases there is opportunity for large sum of compensation to be received by careful use of the law and to claim your rightful compensation. The mesothelioma attorney you select to fight your cause should have vast experience with research and evidences in the field of mesothelioma claim and compensation. Your mesothelioma attorney also should have contacts with other charities and organizations actively engaged in the fighting for workers’ rights, not only in the field of asbestos related compensation but also in many other work related fields like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and many other such organizations duly recognized by federal government of United States.

The more experience your mesothelioma lawyer has in the field of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure the better is the chance of winning a large sum of compensation by proving that the victim of mesothelioma was not aware of the risk and dangers of exposure to asbestos in the place of work and the better is the possibility of proving that the employer and the government authorities have failed to implement and educate about the asbestos and its exposure risks to the victim. Your mesothelioma attorney should have evidence of large number of previous compensation claims and if your mesothelioma attorney can quote a previous compensation claim which is similar to your case the chance of winning great sum as compensation is very high.

How to Prevent Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma is a form of dreaded cancer which occurs in the mesothelail lining of lungs, heart, peritoneum etc. The mesothelial cells produce fluid which lubricate these organs and protect them from damage due to friction.

The only major known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos and no other cause has yet been found or proved. The exposure to asbestos typically occurs at the place of work where exposure occurs for prolonged time. Although the exposure to asbestos generally occurs at the place of work, there are also reports (proven) that mesothelioma can also to occur bystander i.e. working near others using asbestos products as well as household exposures (for example exposure from family members and their work clothes in the home or exposure at home due to use of products made of asbestos). There is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos as mesothelioma can occur at any level of exposure. Mesothelioma has been reported to occur even 30 years after last exposure to asbestos.

How to prevent mesothelioma?

As the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, the only practical way of prevention of mesothelioma from developing is avoidance to exposure to asbestos. It is also important to prevent household contacts of people working at factories using asbestos or workplaces where asbestos is used, for that the cloths of the worker should be washed daily.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have laid down certain guidelines to prevent mesothelioma by asbestos regulations such as permissible level of exposure to asbestos in eight hours of work.

Regular inspection and monitoring of asbestos-containing products used at home is very important, as asbestos was very commonly used due to its certain qualities in roof shingles, insulation, flooring etc. during twentieth century.

Use of help of Medical Dictionary Online Definitions can help you to understand mesothelioma better as the definition can give you exact meaning to any medical term or word.

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Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma. Pleural (pleura is the thin lining or coverings of lungs) mesothelioma generally occurs to individuals exposed to high level of asbestos. Exposure to high level of asbestos for 10 or more years is generally required for pleural mesothelioma to develop. Pleural mesothelioma may occur, like other forms of mesothelioma, even decades (sometimes as late as 30 years after last exposure to asbestos) after last exposure to asbestos.

Pleural mesothelioma may start as simple pleural disease such as calcification of pleura or thickening of pleural lining and it is not uncommon to diagnose them as pleural calcification, pleural thickening or pleural plaques. As these pleural diseases are not fatal disease, they may be ignored and later on these pleural diseases may lead to development of pleural mesothelioma. Pleural diseases may not be fatal but they impair normal functioning of lungs and should be addressed appropriately. If a patient with pleural disease gives a history of asbestos exposure even only for a brief period the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma should be considered.

Pleural disease such as pleural plaques can be starting point of pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that occurs only due to exposure to asbestos and no other causative factor has been proven. Although pleura are the origin of pleural mesothelioma, it can spread to chest wall and other areas such as abdomen very fast.

Mesothelioma generally cause death within a year of diagnosis, but early detection by recognizing asbestos exposure can lead to early diagnosis and better survival. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to longer survival than untreated and late diagnosis patients of mesothelioma.

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