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The Number Form of Mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma

Oct 11, 2007
If you go to the library, or do an internet search on the term pleural mesothelioma, you will discover that pleural mesothelioma is a disease affecting the lining of the lungs, or the lung pleura. If you research beyond the definition you will find out that doctors often refer to pleural mesothelioma as a cancer of the pleura. Mesothelioma data indicates that 75% of all mesothelioma cancers are of the pleural mesothelioma type.

There is fairly rampant misunderstanding that pleural mesothelioma is not cancer. Well, this is an inaccurate perception. Pleural mesothelioma is a not only a form of lung cancer, it is a deadly form of the disease. Pleural mesothelioma is caused by a disruption in the ordinary functioning of the serous membranes of the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma cancer attacks the serous membranes that surround a number of the organs located in the midsection of the body including the lungs.

It is becoming more common everyday to hear the term asbestos related lung cancer. This is pleural mesothelioma. The increase in awareness is happening because mesothelioma is preventable by avoiding exposure to asbestos or related products. Many employers though, chose not to discontinue the use of asbestos and related products thus, in actuality, caused employees to become at risk for developing some form of mesothelioma.

If you know someone or you yourself have mesothelioma, contact a mesothelioma attorney or lawyer as soon as possible. A mesothelioma lawyer will determine if it is appropriate to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. If the lawsuit is found in your favor, a mesothelioma settlement will be determined.

Now back to pleural mesothelioma, to be absolutely accurate the term asbestos related lung cancer is not scientifically appropriate. The rub comes in the fact that mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane that lines the outside of lungs, not the lungs per se. There is an even more complicated distinction to be made between pleural mesothelioma and a condition known Asbestosis. Asbestosis is a kind of asbestos-related lung disease that does not start off in the lungs. It sort of migrates to the lungs from another organ. Only a physician can make the distinction between the two situations.

The serous membrane, mentioned earlier, is a part of the lining of other organs and when the serous of an organ in the abdomen is affected by mesothelioma, the diagnosis will be peritoneal mesothelioma. Another form of asbestos related cancer, or mesothelioma, is pericardial mesothelioma which is caused when the serous membrane which surrounds the heart has asbestos related cancer.

When you read about or hear the term secondary lung cancer, it is being used to describe the situation when mesothelioma has proliferated from the membranes or lining encircling the lung, abdomen or heart organs to the lung itself.

If you continue to read more about pleural mesothelioma, you will uncover another name or description of it is asbestos lung cancer. This term is also technically inaccurate because, as indicated before pleural mesothelioma does not begin in the lungs but it begins in the serous membrane that surrounds the lung.

Simply put, pleural mesothelioma is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Once these fibers are in the body they take root, in a manner of speaking, in the lining or the pleura of the lungs. The longer the asbestos fibers are rooted in the serous membrane the more likely a chronic inflammation will occur. This inflammation over time leads to the growth of other cancer cells and tumors. In some situations this condition also results in the development of asbestosis.

It is quite common to find pleural mesothelioma presenting itself with numerous tumors in the pleura. When these tumors grow large enough, they begin to affect the parietal surface which is an area inside and near the lung. They can also affect the visceral surface or area outside and away from the lung. It is most common to find parietal surface involvement.
Chest pain is the most frequent symptom of pleural mesothelioma.

Other symptoms include: shortness of breath or dyspnea, coughing and weight loss. Because the tumors associated with pleural mesothelioma develop quickly and increase the pleural space, the affected area of the body begins to collect fluid which causes significant discomfort and/or excruciating pain. It is this pain that is often the reason an individual decides to see their physician for help. This visit is most generally the catalyst for the diagnosis of the disease.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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