Malignant mesothelioma (breast cancer)
The pleura (the pleura) consists of two gossamer leaves (lung fur and pleura). It covers the lungs and clothes the chest cavity from the inside. The gap between these two pleural leaves (pleural cavity) can fill with fluid in diseases. This leads to breathing difficulties.
Much more common than the pleural mesothelioma are metastases, ie offshoots of other tumors, in the pleura. These come z. From lung, breast or prostate cancer.
Malignant mesothelioma risk factors
The most important risk factor for the development of malignant mesothelioma is the inhalation of asbestos. Mesothelioma can still occur decades after exposure to asbestos. If asbestos dust is suspected as a cause, this should be reported to the accident insurance of the former employer, even if someone is already retired.
Malignant mesothelioma symptoms
A pleural mesothelioma can affect the entire pleura and spread to neighboring organs such as the lungs or diaphragm. The consequences include breathlessness, pain in the chest and loss of appetite.
Malignant mesothelioma diagnosis
For diagnosis, imaging techniques (eg computed tomography) are used, in addition tissue samples or fluid are taken from the pleural cavity.
Malignant mesothelioma therapy
The type of treatment depends on how far the tumor has spread. As a rule, a pleural mesothelioma is treated with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These therapies are used alone or in combination.