Mesothelioma symptoms vary depending upon the stage of cancer. They get progressively worse the longer the cancer goes untreated. There are different types of mesothelioma cancer and the symptoms can vary depending upon where the cancer is located. The most prominent types of mesothelioma are pericardial, pleural and peritoneal. The overall health of the patient along with their age often times play a major role in fighting symptoms and the overall cancer. The most shared general mesothelioma symptoms are:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss
- Fluid in abdomen, lung or chest
- Breathing difficulties
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Pain in chest or abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disorder
Generally, it is when these mesothelioma symptoms begin to interfere severely with everyday life that victims finally seek medical assistance or become worried enough to see their doctor. Normally it is for difficulty breathing or a persistent enough cough with accompanying blood that drives new worries. The inability for the lungs to expand properly due to tumors in the pleural region causing fluid to enter is the main cause for these symptoms. They are normally accompanied by pain – acute to severe – in the affected regions.
One of the most problematic difficulties receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis by recognizing the symptoms of the disease is common ailments can be mistaken for less serious chest or respiratory illnesses like heart disease, bronchitis and even pneumonia.
Once mesothelioma symptoms are diagnosed accurately, a doctor experienced with appropriate treatments for your particular cancer will line up your medical history and connect it with a pattern of past asbestos exposure. Anyone with this exposure should notify their doctor even if that exposure was 4 decades ago. Taking proactive action in being aware of the exposure dangers as well as informing your doctor can aid in your being able to fight the cancer. This can also assist in eliminating expensive and painful examinations that may not be needed while attempting find an accurate diagnosis.
Because of the prevalence in recent cases, research is underway to detect mesothelioma at an earlier stage or even as part of regular screening in physical exams. Because we have learned with most other cancers that early prevention is the key to a longer life expectancy, it is the hope that the most early prevention can aid in fighting not only the cancer but mesothelioma symptoms as they develop.