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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is pleural mesothelioma?

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue around the lungs. It's more common in people older than 50 years. Most likely causes is exposure to a mineral called "asbestos" for several years.

Symptoms related to pleural mesothelioma

  • I work in dusty or smoky environments or with asbestos

  • Dry cough

  • Unintentional weight loss of more than 5% or 1-2kg in a month

  • Cough

  • Chest pain when coughing or during deep breathing

  • Feeling breathless

  • Back pain

  • Chest pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pleural mesothelioma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pleural mesothelioma

  • Have you ever worked in construction or other occupations where you were exposed to asbestos, fine powders or smoke?

  • Do you have a dry cough?

  • Have you had unintentional weight loss of more than 2 kgs in a month?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have a sharp chest pain when you cough or take a deep breath?

Treatment for pleural mesothelioma

Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of treatments are usually used to treat pleural mesothelioma.

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