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Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma has usually progressed to a later stage in the disease before people notice symptoms significant enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. However, there are two common general initial mesothelioma symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Other Symptoms may be Present

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Night sweats
  • Voice changes caused by local invasion of the tumor
  • Loss of diaphragm function

There are also symptoms specific to the type of mesothelioma that you have and where the cancer is located on your body.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma affecting the lungs is called pleural mesothelioma and the symptoms associated with this type of malignancy are due to accumulation of fluid within the pleura, or the membrane that surrounds the lungs.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain under the rib cage or chest
  • Mild to severe constant cough
  • Sudden weight loss

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

Peritoneal mesothelioma is another type of malignancy which affects the internal lining or peritoneum of the intestine. Peritoneal mesothelioma has many symptoms which are similar to the symptoms of other diseases. So it is very difficult to diagnose mesothelioma of the peritoneum.

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Formation of tissue mass in the abdomen
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Anemia
  • Mild or severe abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Constant fever (in extreme cases)

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pericardial mesothelioma affects the pericardium, or the lining of the heart, and causes fluid build-up between the tissues of the heart and the lining.

  • Mild to severe chest pain
  • Regular cough
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Breathing pattern irregularities
  • Constant fatigue

Sometimes the symptoms of mesothelioma appear only when metastasis occurs. Metastasis is the condition in which the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body.

  • General body pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing food
  • Inflammation of the neck or face

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