Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer

April 30, 2010 · Posted in Types of Mesothelioma Cancer 

One disease that has an effect on the abdomen lining or peritoneum is the peritoneal mesothelioma or some physicians call it mesothelioma of the peritoneum. There is a mistaken concept that mesothelioma is a kind of primary lung cancer for it is a cancer of the serous membranes. These serous membranes surround the organs in the middle part of the body, including the abdomen. Moreover, pleural mesothelioma is the most general kind of mesothelioma which has an effect on lungs’s serous membranes.

The next most general kind of mesothelioma cancer is peritoneal mesothelioma which can extend to the lungs and when this happens, it can be thought to be a secondary lung cancer or also called asbestos lung cancer. Though this is wrong for this asbestos lung cancer does not really grow in the lungs. The kind of disease that begins in the lungs is asbestosis, which can also be mistaken for mesothelioma.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer

10% to 20% of patients with mesothelioma have acquired peritoneal mesothelioma cancer. The only cause of this is asbestos exposure. For the cancer of the lining in the lungs or pleural mesothelioma, the process of this disease has been quite well understood. Inhalation of the asbestos fibers which settled in the lungs had been the cause. Asbestos fibers are inserted in the lining of the lungs or the pleura. They are extremely tough and cannot be removed through the processes in the body. As time passes by, they can eventually lead to chronic inflammation that can also lead to cancerous growth of tumors or other asbestosis cases.

The process of how asbestos fibers stay in the peritoneum lining of the stomach is still unclear. There may be a possibility that these asbestos fibers are broken down into little parts inside the lungs and taken through the blood stream, and vise versa.

Another possible cause is the ingestion of asbestos fibers in a form of drink or food. Most of the asbestos mining or manufacturing facilities have continuous asbestos fibers in the air. These can contaminate the foods that employers eat. Moreover, the clothes of employers can also absorb asbestos dust and can contaminate the worker’s kitchens as they went home wearing unclean clothes. Once the asbestos dust or fibers have stayed in the peritoneum, a chronic swelling can occur leading to cancerous development which is similar to pleural mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma of the Testicles

The male testicles can be affected by the uncommon form of mesothelioma called the peritoneal mesothelioma. The scrotum’s covering is an outpouching of the peritoneum. This is related to asbestos fibers because they migrate from the abdomen part to the peritoneum which can be found around the scrotum.

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

When the cancer tumors begin to develop in the peritoneum, the fluid quickly starts to build up in the stomach area. This fluid brings about inflammation and pain that leads to the most general signs of peritoneal mesothelioma or also called upper abdominal pain. Other uncommon signs such as shortness of breath and cough can also lead to it. Most patients experience symptoms within four to six months before the assessment.

Three types of mesothelioma cancer cells can be exhibited by peritoneal mesothelioma. These are: biphasic mesothelioma, epitheliod mesothelioma, and sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Patients who have biphasic mesothelioma cancer cells have lesser life expectancy compared to epithelioid mesothelioma and sarcomatoid mesothelioma.


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