The type of cancer that occurs in thin layer of tissues, covering the majority of internal organs (mesothelium), is known as malignant mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a deadly and aggressive form of cancer. Although a cure to end the disease has not been discovered, there are numerous treatments available to patients.
Mesothelioma is divided into several types as it is dependent on which part of the mesothelium is affected. Pleural mesothelioma most commonly affects tissue around the lungs, also referred to as pleura, while peritoneal mesothelioma is a rarer type of mesothelioma affecting tissue in the abdomen, heart and testicles.
The signs and symptoms of mesothelioma vary according to the location of the cancer.
Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue around the lungs, causes the following signs and symptoms: