Early treatment of Mesothelioma is very difficult; symptoms are usually non-specific because it is not mandatory that every patient would show the symptoms of Mesotheolima. In initial stages, symptoms are less serious and give an indication of influenza or pneumonia as well.
Mesothelioma sometimes starts as a lot of tiny lumps (nodules) in the pleura, which may not show up on CT scans or x-rays until they will quite large in size. The main symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are chest pain and breathless. Some people voice becomes hoarse and they have a cough that does not go away. Mesothelioma can cause other general symptoms as well, such as loss of appetite, sweating (especially at night), weight loss and tiredness. These symptoms can also be resulted by other illnesses; your doctor will have to do a series of tests before diagnosis mesothelioma.
If you have a history of asbestos exposure and dealing any of the following symptoms, it is best to take immediate medical advice. Since the symptoms of mesothelioma are often generic, most of the people are unaware of the seriousness of their condition. When a doctor informs a patient that they have suffered by mesothelioma, patients are sometimes confused as the cancer is relatively unknown. Symptoms associated with different types of mesothelioma are:
Pleural Mesothelioma – Pleural mesothelioma is the most common category of the cancer. Symptoms include are:-
- constant dry or raspy cough
- Pain in the chest or rib area
- painful breathing
- complexity in swallowing (dysphagia)
- mysterious weight loss of ten percent or more
- Night sweats or fever
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea) that occurs even when patient at rest
- Appearance of lumps under the skin on the chest