The endothelial lining of blood vessels, lymphatics spaces and serous membranes occasionally give rise to tumors which could be malignant.
They could arise from the pleura (Pleural mesothelioma) and rarely from the pericardium (Pericardial Mesothelioma) or Peritoneum (Peritoneal Mesothelioma.) Asbestos inhalation may provoke their development, blue asbestos fibers especially have been shown to be a cause this.
Pleural Mesothelioma The pleura is often secondarily affected by breast cancer or lung cancer, however Pleural Mesothelioma is one malignant tumor that deserves mention because of the severe nature of the disease and also because of financial compensation the victim is entitled to in most cases.
Pleural Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor that is associated with asbestos exposure and it is a notifiable condition because the sufferers may be eligible for compensation.
Signs and Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma -Unilateral (one sided) pleural effusion (fluid in the pleura) -Shortness of breath -Chest pain -Weight loss in advanced cases -Fever and night sweats in advanced cases
Diagnosis -CT scan shows pleural thickening with compression of the lung. -Thorascopic biopsy (surgeon makes a hole in the chest to get to the pleura and takes sample for laboratory tests)
Treatment of Pleural Mesothelioma The disease follows a progressive course over 12-24 months. Cure is rarely possible because the tumor is unresponsive to radiotherapy or chemotherapy and palliation is difficult, relief and supportive measures are best arranged at an early stage mainly just to prolong if possible, the life of the victim. New forms of treatment have started to emerge, but the results have not been well proven.