Saturday, June 18, 2011
The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most internal organs. It consists of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ, the other bag around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released when these layers, so moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting states of the lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures.
The mesothelium has different names depending on its location in the body. Peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the bodies into the abdominal cavity. Pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall cavity, the pericardium covers and protects the heart. Mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs is called the tunica vaginalis testis, and tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women.
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In this video, Dr. Case describes the differences between mesothelioma cancer and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos and is around the lung, while lung cancer is inside the lung
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This is some of the video that show about the cancer. A light tutorial that gives you an image about how its look alike.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Though there is no known cure for mesothelioma, there are a few treatment methods that can alleviate suffering and extend life. Different treatment methods are suggested for different types of mesothelioma.
Surgery for pleural mesothelioma
There are four types of surgery for treating pleural mesothelioma -
There are also procedures used to help control symptoms, including thoracocentesis
Surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma
The surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma is called a peritonectomy. An operation called laparotomy is generally performed which involves the opening up of the abdominal cavity to remove a part or whole of the tumor. It is usually only palliative.
Doctors have developed a technique known as cytoreductive surgery (CRS) in recent years for peritoneal mesothelioma. In this method, as much tumor as possible is removed surgically. Then chemotherapy is given straight into the peritoneal cavity. According to some studies, this can work better if it is heated initially to a few degrees above body temperature, which is known as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Promising results have been achieved using these techniques. In one recent study, the 5 year survival rate of patients who underwent cytoreductive surgery followed by HIIC was 63%. In another, the median survival rate for patients treated this way was 87.2 months, over 7 years.
Surgery for pericardial mesothelioma
Pericardial mesothelioma can occasionally be treated with surgery. As much of the tumor and pericardium as possible is removed. Even if surgery is performed, the entire tumor or all of the cells are not likely to be removed or treated. So, further systemic treatment like radiation or chemotherapy is usually needed subsequent to surgery.
Surgery for mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis testisThis surgery is not curative. Usually the surgery is done because it is believed that the patient has a hernia, and the mesothelioma is found. Usually all of the tumor cannot be removed.
There are many times when the early diagnosis of Mesothelioma is by accident during tests for other unrelated medical conditions. Although symptoms from Mesothelioma do not normally occur until cancer has spread too far to be cured, there have been occurrences when symptoms occur in some patients early.
Prompt attention to symptoms can result in early diagnosis and treatment can result in a cure for some patients. However, for others this can improve their chances of treatment extending their life, as well as relief of some of the symptoms.
Here is a list of common symptoms of mesothelioma :
- Persistent Cough
- Chest pains, which are often aggravated by breathing deep.
- Hoarseness of the voice.
- Loss of appetite and weight loss.
- Blood in the sputum (spit or phlegm) or rust-colored sputum.
- Shortness of breath. Fever without signs of the Influenza (Flu) or Pneumonia.
- Recurring cases of Bronchitis and Pneumonia.
- Wheezing when breathing.
Here is a list of Symptoms from Spreading to Distant Organs
- Bone pain
- Neurological Changes: Weakness of numbness of limbs, dizziness
- Jaundice: Yellow coloring of the skin or eyes
- Masses at the surface of the body in the lymph nodes around the neck or collarbone