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Pleural Mesothelioma

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by Smith N
 

Diagnosis

Your doctor ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in lung problems or cancer. A pulmonologist focuses on the lungs. An oncologist focuses on cancer.
Images may be taken of your bodily structures. This can be done with:
Your bodily fluids and tissues may be tested. This can be done with:
These same tests and others may also be used to find out if cancer has spread outside the pleura. It is important to know whether and how far the cancer has spread to plan treatment. This step is called the staging process. It helps determine the level of treatment.
 

Treatment

Pleural mesothelioma is usually treated with:
  • Chemotherapy—use of drugs to kill cancer cells
  • Radiation—use of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors
  • Surgery—to remove tumor and some surrounding tissue,
  • Combinations of these three treatments may work the best
 

RESOURCES

American Lung Association
http://www.lungusa.org

National Cancer Institute
http://www.cancer.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.ca

Cancer Care Ontario
http://www.cancercare.on.ca

 

References


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General information about malignant mesothelioma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malignantmesothelioma/patient . Accessed May 29, 2013.


Nishimura SL, Broaddus VC. Asbestos-induced pleural disease. Clin Chest Med . 1998;19:311-329.


Occupational lung disease. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/solddc-chapters/occupational.pdf . Published 2010. Accessed May 29, 2013.


Roberts JR. Surgical treatment of mesothelioma: pleurectomy. Chest . 1999;116(6 Suppl):446S-449S.

 

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