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Mesothelioma Archives

Can Mesothelioma Spread to the Brain?

can-mesothelioma-spread-to-the-brain.jpgMesothelioma is a specific type of cancer overwhelmingly caused by exposure to asbestos. It involves mesothelial cells which form the very thin linings/membranes surrounding and encasing the lungs, heart, abdominal cavity, and gonads. These linings are called the serosal membranes or mesothelium. After a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers, those fibers reach the mesothelium where they cause genetic errors of the mesothelial cells that comprise the membranes. This results in daughter cells without the ability to control cell growth. This loss of controlled cell growth can lead to cancer of the mesothelial cells, which is mesothelioma.

3300 New Mesothelioma Cases Each Year in the United States

3300_mesothelioma_cases_per_year.jpgAsbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that has been used in various consumer products for decades. In fact, its use dates back more than 4,000 years ago. However, starting in the late 1800s, it became well understood in medicine, science, and industry that asbestos dust from any source was deadly. In addition, many asbestos manufacturers were aware of the serious health issues surrounding asbestos but kept the information secret.

National Grief Awareness Day: Supporting Those Who Have Lost

mesothelioma_case_grief_awareness.jpgAugust 30th of this year is National Grief Awareness Day. It is an opportunity and a reminder to raise awareness of the impact that death and loss can have on us. Millions of people across the nation have lost someone they love, and now is the time to support them. One of the goals of National Grief Awareness Day is to help remove the stigma surrounding grief and death. It is important for those grieving to feel that they are not alone, and they do not need to feel ashamed of the feelings they have surrounding the events of loss.

Mesothelioma Chemo Success Predicted by Folic Acid Metabolism

operation-540597_427.jpgMesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable form of cancer caused by ongoing exposure to asbestos. Although it can be decades before a patient exhibits any symptoms, once they surface, the average survival rate is 18 months following an initial diagnosis. The most common form is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), which occurs when a tumor develops in the pleura (a thin, translucent organ that surrounds and protects the lungs). The tumor destroys the pleura, crushing the lungs and causing fluid to build up. This process typically burdens the patient with great pain, shortness of breath, and a cough.

California Mesothelioma & Cancer Medical Centers

A medical professional can help determine which one is right for you and your particular set of symptoms. Fortunately, there are mesothelioma doctors all over California. No matter where you are located in the state, there is help nearby.

Resources for Veterans Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

For many veterans and their families, receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. The cancer might have been developing in their bodies for years or decades, and there is still no known cure for the asbestos-related disease.

Mesothelioma Symptoms 101

If you have held a position at high risk for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job, you might be beginning to experience severe symptoms of the disease. Mesothelioma symptoms can have a latency period of up to seventy years. It can go undetected for years or decades, and symptoms are often mistaken for those of other respiratory conditions.