Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer usually caused by repeated exposure to asbestos. It affects the tissue that protects the internal organs. Primary symptoms include shortness of breath and chest pain.

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Is itchy skin a sign of cancer?

General itching is not a typical sign of breast cancer. However, there is a disease called Paget's Disease of the Breast which is a malignant condition. Itching and scaliness of the nipple is one sign of that disease.

Itchiness is not a sign of skin cancer. Any changes in your body should be checked out by a physician.

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What is the commercial with the old man saying I have mesothelioma?

The mesothelioma disease can be caused by different construction materials. the symptoms of Mesothelioma can start 15 years after the patient was exposed to asbestos, So many Old men and woman are trying to sue the company they worked for 20-30 years ago.

You can find much more information at the link below.

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What are the types of malignant mesothelioma?

Pleural Mesothelioma affects the lungs, Peritoneal Mesothelioma affects the stomach and Pericardial Mesothelioma affects the heart. Pleural Mesothelioma was the cause of death of my father, he was exposed to asbestos while working in a ship yard, mixing and applying asbestos to pipes for plumbing. It takes years for the tiny fibers from asbestos to eventually cause cancer.

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Is asbestosis or mesothelioma contagious through kissing?

Both asbestosis and mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos fibres/dust. They are not contagious diseases but are caused by the ingestion/inhalation of the microscopic fibres/dust produced in the production and/or destruction of asbestos. It is extremely unlikely that you could catch either disease from just kissing.

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Is mesothelioma deadly?

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What are the symptoms of mesothelioma cancer?

It is often very hard to diagnose Mesothelioma cancer because its symptoms are similar to those of a number of other conditions. It is very important to review patients medical history when diagnosed. Suspicious cases are past exposure to asbestos. X-ray test is done to reveal pleural thickening in lungs, CT or MRI test conveyed to discover large amount of fluid in lungs, also abnormal cells may be detected by cytopathology. Biopsy is often needed to conclude the diagnosis.

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Is asbestos poisoning the same as mesothelioma?

Asbestos poisoning is not a medical condition. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer and is one of several possible conditions that can result from exposure to asbestos.

The term "asbestos poisoning" is nontechnical that lacks any precise meaning. It is generally used by those using over simplified terms to broadly describe the dispersal of asbestos fibers in a way that effects a community .

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How do you die from mesothelioma?

My Dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005. I was scouring the internet for "when you have mesothelioma, what do you die from?" Ya, from cancer, but how does that all play out. He died in May 2009. I thought I would relay his story in case anyone else was looking for this information. If you are in a hurry and can not read this story, here are some keywords you can look up: paraneoplasty syndrome, active dying. The things I found concerning these items were a play book of what was to follow. We lived on opposite sides of the country so I don't have ALL the details myself. He was diagnosed in 2005 and started taking Alimta. He was doing pretty well until October 2008. He was moving extremely slowly because he was so tired. I saw him next in January of 2009. He would sleep all the time and was very weak. But, once in a while he would show signs of life. Between January and May 1, he fainted 2 or 3 times and was suffering from extreme dehydration. Periodically he would get intravenous saline and he would feel better for a short time. Numerous trips to doctors did not reveal any cause for him being tired, weak and dehydrated. The oncologist was measuring the tumor sizes and they were getting bigger, but not much and did not cause any alarm. On May 1 he fainted again and was admitted to the hospital. He was diagnosed with mild pneumonia. He spent 3 days in the hospital where he continued to get weaker. Numerous tests did not reveal any problems although an EEG showed slightly lower brain activity. Since he was so weak, they sent him to a rehab center. In the rehab center, he would barely eat and could not do simple arm exercises. During the weeks around May 1, he lost 27 lbs. He slept most of the time. I called him a couple of times and we had good conversation but I could tell he was still very weak. After 4 days of not really doing any therapy, he was moved to a nursing home. Still getting weaker, not doing any rehab, and then started hallucinating … fixing things that were not there, seeing people that weren't there, etc. He was then moved to a section of the nursing home with patients that were REALLY sick. He had a lazy eye for about 2 months so my brother decided to take him to a neuro-opthamologist (sounded crazy to me, my Dad slept all the time and was hallucinating and my brother wanted to get him glasses?). The neuro-opthamologist thought these symptoms were a result of paraneoplasty syndrome. An untreatable, irreversible condition where the body is creating antibodies in response to chemicals given off by the tumors. The antibodies attack the nervous system. After reading about this on the internet, it sounded like the chemistry way of saying "you're dying". The next day (Friday) he was admitted to a hospice. I arrived the next day. He seemed to recognize me and threw up his are for a hug. He was totally in a daze, like a critically injured person that was still conscious. He said very few things that night, but all seemed coherent. They were giving him morphine and Phenobarbital in a pump. After Saturday, he never spoke again. The nurses kept turning him and he would moan and grimace, but no words. On Sunday, he developed Cheyne-Stokes breathing. A doctor visited later that day and said he had 2 hours to 2 days to live. They gave him more morphine, an immediate dose of Phenobarbital and increased the amount per each pump he was getting. Monday, his breathing changed to rapid and shallow. Not panting, but close. Now when he was turned, he did not moan or grimace. Early in the morning on Tuesday, he redeveloped Cheyne-Stokes breathing and soon after, he died. I always thought, as my whole family did, that there would be an increase in the size of the tumors to indicate an upcoming problem. That did not happen. I hope this account will help you and your loved ones deal with the eventualities of mesothelioma.

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How is mesothelioma treated?

Treatments for Mesothelioma

Research into new and more effective treatments for mesothelioma is ongoing. There is no cure as yet for mesothelioma. The standard treatments that attempt to hold back the progression of this cancer are:

  • Surgery - to remove part of all of the affected body tissues
  • Radiation therapy - to target and kill the mesothelioma cells
  • Chemotherapy - the use of drugs, injected or taken orally, to kill or stop the growth of the cancer cells

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All the above listed treatments are used in combination to provide relief to the patient. For more information on mesothelioma treatment, you may refer the following link:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malignantmesothelioma/patient/

Additional link below:'http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_is_mesothelioma_treated'

These treatments are all palliative treatments-used to help with pain but not for attempting to cure-as there currently is no cure for this type of cancer. These treatments as described in the link below can help extend life expectancy for people with mesothelioma, but they cannot eradicate the cancer.

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Can a brain tumor kill you?

The shocking thing is when you search this and the answer comes up with yes.

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has breast cancer?

Life is like a casino, and sometimes you throw craps and sometimes seven and eleven are the only stones that appear. Science and medicene are improving routinely. Early diagnosis means early treatment, early treatment almost assures survival, More then 90 percent of all victims of this disease that seek and receive treatment survive for ten or more years.

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Can you get mesothelioma from 3 days of asbestos exposure?

It really depends on how much you've been exposed to. It takes frequent, extended periods of exposure for mesothelioma to develop; however, once exposed to a significant amount, the asbestos fibers can cause damage to your mesothelial cells (they make up the lining that goes around your thoracal cavity (called a pleura), abdominal cavity (peritoneum), and heart sac (pericardium), and develop into mesothelioma. The more of it you're around, the longer, and the younger you are at exposure, the more likely it is for you to develop mesothelioma - because it can take years to develop.

There's a lot of really great information at www.asbestosnews.com, including a ton of links to more information, so definitely check it out!

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What causes mesothelioma cancer?

Up to 10% of cancer cases are hereditary. Smoking has been linked to lung cancer, and excessive sun exposure to skin cancers. Other than that we're still pretty much in the dark about what causes cancer.

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. It is a highly aggressive form of cancer that is usually resistant to standard cancer treatments. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, various clinical trials are studying the disease and several cases of remission have been reported. In addition, treatments are available that are effective at easing pain, suffering and symptoms, extend life expectancy and generally improve a patient's quality of life. Most mesothelioma patients may not even realize they have cancer until symptoms start to interfere with their daily lives. Symptoms generally don't appear until at least 20 after someone was exposed to asbestos, and sometimes symptoms are hidden for as long as 50 years.

Causes of Mesothelioma:

Before the grave dangers of asbestos were known, and even for years after the dangers were known, asbestos was used in literally thousands of products that humans and animals encounter every day - particularly in building components such as ceiling and floor tiles, walls, bricks and stucco, and in automotive parts such as brakes and clutches.

People who worked in the asbestos industry or in fields in which asbestos is used as a component of a product are most at risk for mesothelioma. Many individuals who have mesothelioma labored for years or even decades in jobs that required frequent contact with asbestos. When this mineral is mined, processed, woven, sprayed or otherwise manipulated, its microscopic fibers can be released into the air, where they may be inhaled, initiating the development of mesothelioma.

Types of Mesothelioma:

Mesothelioma can attack the pleural lining around the lungs. It can also attack the peritoneum, a tissue that surrounds the GI tract. Mesothelioma can attack the stomach lining, other internal organs, or even the pericardium (the tissue sac covering the heart). Thus, mesothelioma can be generally classified into the following types:

  • Pleural - 75% of all mesothelioma cases
  • Peritoneal - 10%-20%
  • Pericardial - 5%

Mesothelioma can also be classified by the cancer type rather than the location of the cancer:

  • Epithelioid - most common, best survival rate
  • Sarcomatoid - most severe, but more rare
  • Mixed/biphasic - a mixture of epithelioid and sarcomatoid cancer
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Lung Cancer

How long does a dog live that has lung cancer?

Tough question. With dogs, the treatment options that humans benefit from just aren't there. Lung cancer in dogs is usually fatal. That it usually occurs in older dogs is a good thing in that their normal life expectancy may exhaust before mortality from cancer sets in Cancer treatments for your dog are often extremely expensive. Surgery is one potentially viable option, as is chemotherapy. There is always a chance that the dog may survive from the therapy, but it's not at all certain. More to the point (for me anyway), the dog's qualitiy of life declines during therapy, no matter how diligent you are in your treatment. Without knowing the type of malignancy, it's impossible to speculate on the amount of time left. I would estimate roughly 2 years max, although full remission is (rarely) obtained, and more aggressive malignancies won't give you two years. This is a good time to look at your bank account, and have a long, serious talk with your Vet, and make a treatment plan that includes changes based on progress. The focus should be quality of life for the dog. Were it my animal, I'd focus on giving it a try, but making the rest of my dog's life as pleasant, fun and exicting for the dog as possible. One last comment. In researching this, I noticed quite a few websites promising miracle cures (usually for about $59.95 US). Even for humans, there is no miracle cure. I wish there was but it's not so. Please don't get your hopes raised and your money wasted by indulging in one of these unpleasant farces. If I can answer any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Best of luck to you and your dog.

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Cancer

Are most brain cancers primary tumors?

Most adult brain cancers are not primary tumors, but are the result of primary cancer that has spread from other areas of the body

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When did people find out that asbestos caused mesothelioma?

Romans knew thousands of years ago that slaves working in asbestos mines died at an unusually young age, but it wasn't until early in the 20th century that specific asbestos-related health effects were identified, and it was later still before the mineral was regulated in the United States. Though many countries have banned asbestos use due to health concerns, it is still in use in the U.S. Asbestos is fire-resistant, strong and flexible insulator, making it a useful material for construction.

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What color is the spinal cancer ribbon?

The color of the spinal cancer ribbon is orange.

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What is prostate and how do you use it?

The prostate gland manufactures and secretes the thick fluid that, together with a number of other substances, constitutes semen.

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Does asbestos dust cause cancer?

Asbestos in 'dust' form could cause cancer if the material is disturbed allowing fibers to become airborne and it is subsequently inhaled. However the likelihood for developing mesothelioma cancer from a one-time exposure event is very low. Most people who develop the cancer were exposed to the material over a prolonged period of time. If you do encounter 'dust' that you know or suspect might contain asbestos, its best not to disturb the material and contact a professional to clean the area.

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Can you get pregnant if you have had cancer?

It depends on the cancer, but just to make sure I would see a doctor or someone who knows alot about cancers.

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How is mesothelioma caused?

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the chest cavity around the lungs called the mesothelium. It is caused by asbestos but the specific mechanism by which asbestos fibers cause cells to grow out of control has not been identified in detail.

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Is a settlement for mesothelioma injury taxable?

There are certain parts of the settlement that will be taxable and there are certain parts that are not. But the chunk of it will likely not be taxable including special damages-compensation for pain and suffering and general damages-compensation for expenses arising from the injury. The attached article goes into a lot of specifics as far as taxes and settlements go. It can be a little confusing.

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How long do people live who have mesothelioma?

While most people with mesothelioma die within a year of diagnosis, cases are known of people who survive 20 years and more after diagnosis. Steven Jay Gould is a prominent example of a long term mesothelioma survivor. The reason for this range of survivals is not known at present.

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How many types of cancer there are?

There are over 200 kinds of cancer that can affect all organs of your body.

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