Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of asbestos-related cancer, and it specifically affects the pleura (the lining of the lungs).
Pleural mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos. When asbestos dust is inhaled, its fibers can become trapped in the lining of the lungs. This can lead to inflammation and may eventually cause mesothelioma in some individuals.
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Often, pleural plaques (thickening of the lining of the lungs) serve as a precursor for a future cancer diagnosis, though they do not specifically cause pleural mesothelioma. Certain symptoms may also signal early-stage pleural mesothelioma, including:
Those experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma may have one or more of the following tests performed by a doctor to determine whether they have this type of lung cancer and, if so, the stage of their cancer:
Pleural mesothelioma, like other types of cancer, is typically treated through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these treatments.
While none of these are known cures for mesothelioma, it is believed treatment that combines two or more of these methods (known as multimodal treatment) may be the best option for pleural mesothelioma victims.
Compared to other types of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma has the most promising prognosis. Still, doctors typically estimate that a pleural mesothelioma victim will not live longer than 18 months after a diagnosis.
While the stage of the disease at diagnosis is the most important factor in determining a patient's prognosis, age, gender, history of smoking, and whether the patient is experiencing difficulty breathing may also contribute to his or her prognosis.