Monday, July 13, 2009

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer Symptoms,Treatment,Cause,Risk Factors

What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer?

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is a tumor of the membrane Peritoneum.

The peritoneum is a thin membrane in the organs in the abdomen consisting of mesothelial cells.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a disease that affects the lining of the abdomen or peritoneum.

It is caused by exposure to asbestos, which has been widely used in many industrial products, such as cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation.

The peritoneal form of mesothelioma is a relatively uncommon type of cancer that accounts for less than a quarter of all mesothelioma cases.

It is inconspicuous until decades after asbestos exposure.

Many cases are found through routine abdominal x-rays and CT scans showing something different than normal.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms:-

Symptoms may include abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, a change in your bowel habits, such as more frequent diarrhea or constipation, lumps of tissue in the abdomen and unexplained weight loss.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment:-

Peritoneal mesothelioma treatments are classified into localized treatments and systemic treatments. Systemic treatments are whole body treatments like chemotherapy. Localized treatments include surgery and radiotherapy.

Radiation therapy or radiotherapy uses high energy rays (like x-rays) to kill cancer cells in the affected area.

Chemotherapy for peritoneal mesothelioma controls symptoms and tries to slow the cancer down. This therapy is used to kill mesothelioma cells by injecting anti-cancer drugs that are usually injected into a vein.

New treatments include Photodynamic, gene, angiogenesis, and immunotherapy that could hold the key to turning the tide on this deadly, debilitating, and tragic disease.

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