Mesothelioma is a particularly devastating form of cancer, in part because its symptoms are typically not evident for 20 years or more after the asbestos exposure that caused it occurred.
Mesothelioma’s long latency period makes it difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and many of its signs and symptoms vary based on where the cancer develops. Diagnosis is often further complicated by the fact that mesothelioma shares symptoms with other health concerns as wide ranging as influenza, pneumonia and lung cancer.
New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph P. Williams and the team at The Williams Law Firm are experienced advocates for asbestos exposure victims and their families. We have an extensive record of success recovering the financial compensation necessary to cope with medical costs and other expenses.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, please call us today at 855-575-MESO (6376) or contact us online to arrange your free consultation. Our compassionate legal team is dedicated to helping asbestos exposure victims from New York, New Jersey and nationwide.
Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of the mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that encases or lines most internal organs. There are four different types of mesothelioma that derive their names based on where the disease occurs:
- Pleural mesothelioma, which develops in the mesothelium surrounding the lungs
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, which forms in the tissue that lines the abdominal cavity
- Pericardial mesothelioma, which occurs in the membranous tissue around the heart
- Testicular mesothelioma, which affects the mesothelium-lined pouch that holds the testes
Some symptoms—such as persistent fatigue and recurring fevers—are prevalent among all types of mesothelioma. However, other signs and symptoms differ based on the specific form of cancer present. Following is a closer look at common mesothelioma symptoms by mesothelioma type.
Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms
Pleural mesothelioma occurs in the pleura, the mesothelium that encompasses the lungs. It is the most common form of mesothelioma and accounts for more than 75 percent of all cases.
Pleural mesothelioma symptoms include:
- A painful cough
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Unexplained weight loss
- Shortness of breath and other respiratory issues
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unusual lumps of tissue under chest skin
- Swelling in the face and arms
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the peritoneum, membranous tissue in the abdomen that helps maintain organ function. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common form of the disease.
Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:
- Abdominal swelling
- Severe abdominal pain
- Lumps of tissue around the abdomen
- Swelling or fluid accumulation in the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms
Pericardial mesothelioma afflicts the pericardium, the membrane that surrounds the heart. It is one of the rarest types of mesothelioma and is responsible for only about 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases. It is more common in men than women, and it often goes undiagnosed until it is in an advanced stage.
Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or discomfort similar to a heart attack
- Development of heart murmur or irregular heart rhythm
Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms
Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma, accounting for less than 1 percent of mesothelioma cases, and affects the tunica vaginalis, the mesothelium that surrounds the testes.
Indicators of testicular mesothelioma include:
- Mass or swelling on the testicles
- Swollen scrotum
- Pain in the testes (not always present)
- Sensation of heaviness or aching in the abdomen or scrotum
When to Seek Medical Attention for Mesothelioma Symptoms
Every person is different, and the effects of each cancer impact individuals differently as well. Because mesothelioma in all its forms is often unreported or misdiagnosed in its early stages, it’s important to pursue medical attention if you were exposed to asbestos and have nagging symptoms.
If you had occupational exposure or second-hand exposure to asbestos, it’s a good idea to seek a medical screening even if no signs and symptoms are present. While there are no known cures for mesothelioma, there are treatments that can extend lifespan and improve quality of life. The earlier mesothelioma therapies can begin, the better the prognosis.
Dedicated Legal Help for Mesothelioma Victims
Asbestos exposure attorney Joseph P. Williams and the team at The Williams Law Firm are aggressive advocates for mesothelioma victims and their families.
If you or a family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma, we’re here to help you obtain the financial security you and your loved ones need to move forward. We understand the life-altering effects and overwhelming costs associated with mesothelioma, and our accomplished legal team has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of asbestos exposure victims.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations to help you understand your options. Please call us today at 855-575-MESO (6376) or contact us online. We welcome clients from New York, New Jersey and across the country.