Symptoms of Mesothelioma
If You've Been Diagnosed, Contact a New York Mesothelioma Lawyer
Mesothelioma is a particularly devastating form of cancer in part because its symptoms are generally not evident for 20 to 50 years—and sometimes even longer—after the asbestos exposure that caused it occurred. In addition to its long latency period, mesothelioma shares symptoms with a wide range of other medical conditions, from lung cancer to influenza to pneumonia, making it hard to diagnose.
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Common Mesothelioma Symptoms
Because many mesothelioma symptoms seem non-threatening and do not appear until decades after asbestos exposure, mesothelioma victims often do not link the signs to asbestos and delay seeking medical attention. Without knowledge of a patient’s prior asbestos exposure, physicians are also likely to misdiagnose the symptoms of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma symptoms most often include:
- Chronic dry or raspy cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest, rib area and/or lower back
- Persistent fatigue
- Lumps under the skin in the affected area (typically the chest or abdomen)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Recurring fevers
- Night sweats
If you had occupational exposure or second-hand exposure to asbestos, it’s advisable to seek a medical screening even if symptoms are not present. A thorough examination can detect common mesothelioma symptoms that are not outwardly obvious, such as pleural effusion, a dangerous accumulation of fluid between the mesothelium tissue layers that surround the lungs.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma symptoms vary somewhat based on the type and location of the cancer. Although the disease is primarily associated with our lungs, other forms exist that affect other parts of our body.
The primary types of mesothelioma are:
- Pleural mesothelioma
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Pericardial mesothelioma
Although symptoms among these forms of mesothelioma tend to overlap, some indicators are specific to an individual type of mesothelioma. For example, peritoneal mesothelioma is often accompanied by nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea; pericardial mesothelioma may include the onset of heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, some mesothelioma treatments have demonstrated success in improving patients’ quality of life.
If you or a family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact The Williams Law Firm, P.C. at (855) 971-0343 for assistance today.