Mesothelioma is a rare malignant tumor arising from the lining surface of many organs. Usually, the lungs are damaged, but less often - the heart, diaphragm, and abdomen. Typically, treatment consists of surgery combined with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumor that grows in the lungs, eventually spreads to the entire chest, and involves nearby organs. The occurrence of the tumor is closely related to the inhalation of asbestos as the leading cause. Unfortunately, more than 80% of mesothelioma is malignant.
Initially, the disease causes general symptoms such as fatigue, fever, weight loss, and weakness. Then, as the tumor grows, it causes other signs. Symptoms of pulmonary (pleural) mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain,
- Shortness of breath,
- Night sweats.
Sometimes mesothelioma can occur in the abdomen, causing pain in the abdomen or pelvis, painful urination, lack of menstruation in women, and accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites).
If mesothelioma is suspected, the doctor prescribes imaging: ultrasound, CT or MRI (detect the degree of the tumor and metastases). A biopsy (examination of a small piece of tissue under a microscope) confirms whether there is a tumor and whether it is benign or malignant.
The type of treatment depends on how far the mesothelioma has spread. Doctors often give chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, followed by radiation therapy or surgical removal of the formation.
Where can I get Mesothelioma treatment?
What are the best clinics for Mesothelioma treatment?
Who are the best doctors for Mesothelioma?
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Brandts from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Gernot Rohde from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Hubert Serve from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Wolf O. Bechstein from University Hospital Frankfurt am Main of Goethe-University
Prof. Dr. med. Michael von Bergwelt from University Hospital Ludwig-Maximilians Munich