A mesothelioma diagnosis is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma can be very difficult to diagnose because its symptoms often mimic other less serious conditions. Mesothelioma also has a very long latency period, so symptoms may not show up until 10 to 50 years after the last exposure to asbestos.
Because of the rare nature of the disease, it is important to seek out an experienced specialist for mesothelioma diagnosis. Tests may include CT or MRI scans and biopsies of the affected area.
Following a diagnosis, your specialist will determine the staging, or severity of the disease. The most important determination is that of the cancer’s localization, i.e. is the cancer isolated to one body region or has it spread to other systems in the body? Knowing the staging dictates the mesothelioma treatment. A diagnosis of advanced mesothelioma may require aggressive treatment options, and there are clinical trials for the latest experimental approaches.
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