Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos that affects the lining around organs in the abdomen. Sometimes referred to as abdominal mesothelioma, it accounts for 20 percent of the mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year. Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include weight loss, buildup of fluid in the abdomen, and bowel obstruction.

There are a number of treatment options for peritoneal mesothelioma including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Peritoneal mesothelioma may require surgical removal of the lining of the abdomen—the peritoneum—and some of the surrounding tissue. Researchers are also currently exploring a chemotherapy treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma, called intracavity chemotherapy, which uses direct administration to the abdomen.

If you are diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma cancer, please contact a Simmons Hanly Conroy asbestos lawyer. We’re dedicated to supporting families fighting this terrible disease.

Mary Hesdorffer, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and mesothelioma nurse practitioner, sat down with Simmons Hanly Conroy to answer common questions about mesothelioma. Watch the video below and visit our peritoneal mesothelioma information page to learn more. For more information, go to

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