Mesothelioma is a rare and virulent form of cancer that affects the lining of the lung, lining of the abdominal cavity or lining around the heart. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, and occurs in those who have breathed in asbestos fiber, in many cases 20 to 50 or more years ago. Some were exposed on their jobs; others were exposed secondarily through family members who without their knowledge, brought fiber home on their work clothes or on their hair or skin.
Despite the serious nature of the disease, there is hope. Every year, doctors and scientists worldwide are developing new treatments and making new discoveries that help to improve the chance of survival and the patient’s quality of life. This website, Mesothelioma International, helps patients and their family members connect with the resources they need to be informed and make the best decisions on their potential treatment and care.
The first section of our website answers common questions about mesothelioma and its cause and discusses those at risk. In the next section, the most common symptoms are discussed, as well as the various testing procedures which may be used to come to a diagnosis. The treatment section discusses types of aggressive treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials being conducted by cancer facilities throughout the world, as well as the palliative care option for those who either can not or choose not to be treated. Every year, progress is being made.
It is Mesothelioma International’s goal to consolidate the most up to date, concise mesothelioma information available today, and our resource co-ordinators are always available to help you and your family find the answers for your particular questions.