Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, accounting for about 75 percent of cases diagnosed each year. The cancer forms in the pleura, the protective lining around the lungs, and is thus sometimes referred to as pleura cancer.
Like all forms of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma is linked directly to asbestos exposure. It is often confused with lung cancer due to similar symptoms and the prevalence of smoking or exposure to asbestos on the job. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness, coughing, weight loss, chest pain, and pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung.
There are a number of treatment options for pleural mesothelioma including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. If surgery is appropriate for your case, doctors may recommend a pneumonectomy, the removal of a lung. In certain cases, part of the diaphragm may also require surgical removal.
If you’re exhibiting symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, contact a mesothelioma specialist in your area immediately. You can also contact Simmons Hanly Conroy with your asbestos or mesothelioma questions.
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. For more information, go to www.curemeso.org.