Mesothelioma is a cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Fortunately, it is very rare compared to other forms of cancer in the general population. Unfortunately, it has a very high mortality rate. In this article, we take a look at some common questions and answers regarding it.
Q: Why have some a difficult name?
As if being diagnosed with cancer isn?t bad enough, most people are more than a little frustrated that they can?t even pronounce the name of it. ?? is not a name just conjured from the air. Instead, it gets its name from the part of the body where the cancer tends to manifest ? the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a lining found in the chest cavity and abdomen. It surrounds most organs including the heart and lungs. The lining consists of two layers with a lubricant between them. When the heart beats or the lungs take in air, the mesothelium lets them move without damaging one another.
Q: Am I Going To Die?
Well, we all are going to die at some point. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and so could you. That being said, the first question is whether you have a benign or malignant form of the cancer. The benign version is, of course, not going to lead to fatality. Ah, but what about the malignant form.
A diagnosis of malignant Mesothelioma is often fatal, but not always. Approximately 9 percent of patients survive five years after being diagnosed. The key is to make it through the first 2 years. Most patients die during this period, but those that live longer usually survive.
Q: What Course of Treatment Is There?
The treatment course for Mesothelioma depends entirely on your specific condition. There are different stages of the cancer and each has its own typical treatments. In general, you can expect surgery to remove areas of cancerous growth including potentially a lung. You can also expect this to be combined with very aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Mesothelioma is also one area where doctors are universally very aggressive. You will want to confer with a Mesothelioma specialist, and can expect them to recommend you participate in clinical trials of potential treatments that have not been approved by the FDA yet.
A Mesothelioma diagnosis was a death sentence 20 years ago. This is no longer the case. If you, a friend or loved one is diagnosed with it, be positive and aggressive in seeking treatment.