Mesothelioma: Introduction, Causes, Warning Signs, Survival Tips

Cancer is one of the most dreadful diseases, which can also cause death. It has many different types. Some of the common cancer types are prostrate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer etc. However, there are some cancers which are very rare. They are rare because they affect lesser number of people.

It’s very difficult to cope up with rare cancers since it’s of unusual type. You may or may not be able to detect the symptoms. It’s important to identify such cancers and get the treatment

As mentioned earlier, cancer is of many different types, so it’s difficult to mention each and every type of cancer. However, in this article, we have listed 5 rare cancers you didn’t know existed. They are:

  • Chordoma
  • Foot cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Malignant Mesothelioma

Among these, Mesothelioma is one of the most difficult to deal with. We have done a little research on Mesothelioma and summarize it here for you:

Introduction 

It’s a type of a cancer that occurs in the abdomen, heart or the lining of the lungs. It has no definitive cure. Also, it’s difficult to make any accurate prognosis.

There are three types:

  • Pleural Meosthelioma: develops in lungs
  • Petrioneal Mesothelioma: develops in Abdomen
  • Pericardial Mesothelioma: develops in Heart

Causes 

One of the main reasons which cause mesothelioma is asbestos. Study reveals, asbestos exposure for prolong period can lead to mesothelioma.

Diagnosis  

Diagnosis of mesothelioma is usually between 20 to 50 years, after the exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to some common disorders as a result most of the time they’re mistaken and misdiagnosed. Also, it hardly shows any signs until the last stage of cancer. It nearly takes 3 to 4 months to detect it.

Symptoms

Some of the Common symptoms are listed below:

  • Chest pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Fluid buildup in abdomen or lungs.

Coping with Mesothelioma

Cancer affects everyone in the family. It leaves a tremendous burden on the family of the patient. Visiting doctors, taking care of the patients, expensive treatments etc thus it ruins them mentally and financially.  Here are some tips on how to help family members cope with mesothelioma cancer:

Research details

The first thing to do after receiving the mesothelioma diagnostic is to make research about the diseases i.e. treatment and prognosis.

Ask these questions:

  • What was the cause? Is the disease communicable?
  • Where it has been developed?
  • What possible treatment options are available?
  • Is there any side effect of the treatment?

Consult a support group

In order to deal with this stressful situation effectively, it’s advisable to contact support groups. Support groups make it easy to deal with such situations. They’ll educate you and provide possible treatments. Also, they create awareness among people and arrange fundraisers for the needy patients.

If you are unable to locate one in your area, you can connect with them doing some research online.

Don’t hide it, talk with others. We know that dealing with such awful situation is quite difficult. Exercise, short walks, doing some of your favorite activities will reduce your mental stress. Balance your stress. Don’t let it affect your recovery.