If you or anyone of your family got diagnosed with Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma, you can feel scared and confused. How did you get it? what is the cause? What are the treatment options? What happens now? However, if noticed early and treated properly, Asbestos mesothelioma papillary is manageable.
What is Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma?
It is a rare and serious form of cancer, which mainly affects the mesothelium, the thin layer that covers the lungs as well as other internal organs of the body. In a person with mesothelioma cancer, the cells of the mesothelium grow out of control and become malignant, causing serious complication in the organ affected as well as other organs as the disease progresses.
The disease is often associated with Asbestos exposure. The use of Asbestos was banned in most industries, in the 1970s, because of the many negative effects it has caused on workers who were exposed to it in the course of performing their activities. One such adverse effect is the development of Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma in workers who inhaled Asbestos fibers while working with Asbestos containing materials.
What are the symptoms of Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma?
One of the difficulties with Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma cancer is that the symptoms usually take long to develop. A person could already be exposed to Asbestos fibers but the symptoms don’t show up until 20 years later from first exposure. In some known cases, the symptoms appeared only after 50 years. Thus, if you have been exposed to Asbestos in the past, even for a very short time, it is recommended that you have regular check-ups.
The most common symptoms of Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma cancer include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Coughing may also be a problem as well as weight loss. Pain in the chest and abdomen leads to difficulty in sleeping at night.
As the cancer spreads, the body takes its toll, causing fatigue and weakness. The disease is also said to change the ability of the body to absorb nutrients. Thus weight loss may occur. Furthermore, if the Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma cancer has spread to other internal organs of the body, the symptoms may include pain, swelling (usually of the face and neck), and trouble swallowing.
Note that the symptoms of Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma may differ depending on the type of mesothelioma. For instance, if it is peritoneal mesothelioma (affecting the intestines, liver and other organs found in the abdominal cavity) the symptoms can include abdominal expansion because of the fluid that builds up. On the other hand if the Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma cancer is mainly affecting the lungs, there may be pain in and/or difficulty swallowing because the larynx is affected.
Treatment of Asbestos Papillary Mesothelioma
The treatment of mesothelioma is significantly more effective if the disease is detected early. That is the reason why it cannot be more emphasized to have regular check-ups if you suspect that you have been exposed to Asbestos in the past.