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Mesothelioma: The Incurable Cancer

Aug 17, 2007
"A disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura), the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) or the lining around the heart (the pericardium)." This is the actual definition of Mesothelioma as stated by the National Cancer Institute. The Institute also defines the Mesothelioma cancer as one of the most rare forms of cancer.

Deadly cancer

Mesothelioma cancer is undoubtedly one of the deadliest forms of cancer ever known to the human civilization. The person suffering from this fatal form of cancer only lives to the maximum of a period of two years after the proper diagnosis of the ailment.

The symptomatic behavior of the sufferers from this cancer is very usual that creates the major grounds for confusion. The breathing trouble or chest pain is often taken as a heart problem or asthma related problems. The abdominal aches are let down as gastric problems. Thus the pinpointed detection of Mesothelioma cancer is often overlooked and the specific cause that the person is facing all these problems due to his occupation is never paid attention.

A common person won't come in contact with tons of asbestos at a time and also for a long period. It has to be such a way where the person actually works amid asbestos fibers. And as a result of it he ultimately becomes a victim of Mesothelioma cancer.

Diagnosis through different tests

General blood tests will never bring out that the person is suffering from Mesothelioma cancer. There are some special types of test to be conducted for the exact diagnosis of the disease. If there is a pleural effusion then it can be tracked out with the help of chest X-ray. Even the CT Scan and ultrasound technique can be used to detect this problem.

Many doctors prefer to conduct histological tests for the diagnosis of Pleural Mesothelioma but it has been also observed that more than 80% cases don't give the right diagnosis through this examination procedure. Thus it is always better and more accurate to carry out biopsy tests. It can be needle biopsy method and in some critical cases the surgical biopsy might be needed. In either of the biopsies the Mesothelium tissue is directly put under the test to obtain the results. If the biopsy report gives a positive result then there is no question of any doubt that you are suffering from the incurable disease, Mesothelioma.
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