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What is mesothelioma lung cancer?

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  • Mesothelioma is a rare tumor of the lining of lungs, often attributed to asbestos exposure, and represents 5 percent of lung cancer cases.

    Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can all be part of the treatment for patients with mesothelioma. There are also treatments currently being tested that utilize a combined approach that pairs these therapies together, particularly using chemotherapy prior to surgery, as along with new drugs that specifically target mesothelioma cells.
  • Mesothelioma is a very specific tumor that's usually located in the pleura, or the lining of the lung. It commonly causes chest pain and fluid around the lung. This is a very difficult tumor to diagnose and to treat.
  • A Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular), answered on behalf of
    Mesothelioma occurs mainly in men over the age of 50 and is frequently associated with prior environmental or occupational exposure to asbestos. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare tumor that attacks the pleura, the lining membrane of the lung. It can be diagnosed only by biopsy. Treatment often requires major surgery on the pleura (the lining membrane of the lung) and the lung and may involve post-surgical chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
  • A Hematology & Oncology, answered on behalf of

    Mesothelioma is a particular type of lung cancer that is often associated with asbestos exposure.  Lung cancer has different types and pathological identifications.  Mesothelioma is a particular type of lung cancer.  It has a different surgical and chemotherapeutic implication if a patient is diagnosed with a mesothelioma.

  • Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that occurs in the tissue layer that covers internal organs including the lungs. When this cancer affects the pleura, or tissue around the lungs, it is mesothelioma lung cancer. Exposure to asbestos is a major risk factor (contributing cause) of mesothelioma.
  • Mesothelioma is a cancer that strikes some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year -- primarily those who have been occupationally or environmentally exposed to asbestos. Eight-five percent of cases arise in the pleura (the lining of the lung) and the remainder in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdomen).
  • When the term lung cancer is used, it commonly refers to cancers that arise within the tissue inside the lung. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that arises not on the inside but rather on the surface of the lung in the pleura, the thin tissue membrane that covers the outside of the lung and which also lines the inner surface of the chest wall. Unfortunately this is a form of cancer which is rarely curable.
  • A answered
    Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the lining of the chest or abdominal cavities. It is most often attributed to exposure to airborne asbestos particles and occurs in both men and women. Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were commonly used in construction and thermal insulation as a fire retardant until the 1970s. Asbestos is still used in products, but regulations in place since the 1980s limit its use.
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