What is Mesothelioma? Explained in Plain English

During the past two to three years, hundreds of different attorney commercials mentioning Mesothelioma have aired on television markets throughout the United States, including Florida. Below is a list of facts about Mesothelioma.


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Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Facts about Mesothelioma:

3 Types of Mesothelioma:

  1. Pleural
  2. Peritoneal
  3. Pericardial

Pleural Mesothelioma:
Pleural Mesothelioma impacts the the pleura, a protective lining of the lungs. It’s the most common location where the disease occurs, and estimated to represent about 75 percent of all cases. Of the types of Mesothelioma, Pleura has the most treatment options available, and the highest life expectancy.

Pleural Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent coughing
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
Peritoneal Mesothelioma:

Peritoneal mesothelioma impacts the protective lining of the abdominal cavity, where several organs are located,including the stomach, intestines, kidneys, and liver. It’s the second most common location where mesothelioma grows—about 20 to 24 percent of all mesotheliomas occur in the abdominal cavity.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
  • Buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular bowel movements Abdominal pain
  • Hernias
Pericardial Mesothelioma: Pericardial mesothelioma impact’s the heart’s protective lining but is the rarest location  where  where mesothelioma occurs, and accounts for about one percent of all cases. Due to the rare occurrence of Pericardial mesothelioma, not many effective treatments were available. 
Mesothelioma Cases: Very rare.Fewer than 20,000 US cases per year.

Common misspellings of mesothelioma include: Mesothilioma, Mesophilioma.