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August 2020

Asbestosis Symptoms

Asbestosis is a form of fibrosis that develops over a long period of time after exposure to asbestos fibers. Over time, scar tissue replaces normal lung tissue. An excessive amount of scar tissue can cause reduced pulmonary function. During exposure, asbestos fibers are inhaled, and they can become lodged in lung tissue. The sharp, straight […]

Asbestosis

Overview Bronchioles and alveoli in the lungs Open pop-up dialog box Close Bronchioles and alveoli in the lungs Bronchioles and alveoli in the lungs In your lungs, the main airways (bronchi) branch off into smaller and smaller passageways — the smallest, called bronchioles, lead to tiny air sacs (alveoli). Asbestosis (as-bes-TOE-sis) is a chronic lung […]

What Is Stage 4 Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Stage 4 Mesothelioma? Stage 4 malignant mesothelioma is the most advanced stage of the asbestos-related cancer. Stage 4 Mesothelioma Characteristics Cancerous tumors develop in the lining of the organs (most often, the lining of the lungs) Cancer spreads (metastasizes) to distant tissues, organs and lymph nodes When cancer has spread distantly, […]

What Is Stage 3 Mesothelioma?

What Is Stage 3 Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Stage 3 Mesothelioma? Stage 3 mesothelioma is considered an advanced stage of the disease. In this stage, symptoms may become prominent and recognizable. Characteristics of Stage 3 Mesothelioma Cancer metastasizes (spreads) to tissue and organs near the cancer’s origin. Cancer may also spread to nearby lymph nodes. Pleural mesothelioma cancer can […]

What Are the Four Stages of Mesothelioma?

01. Stages of Mesothelioma What Are the Four Stages of Mesothelioma? Doctors classify malignant mesothelioma into four main stages. The Four Stages of Mesothelioma During diagnosis, a doctor will determine whether the cancer is stage 1, 2, 3 or 4. Stage 4 is the most advanced stage of malignant mesothelioma. Most commonly, patients are diagnosed […]

What Is Epithelioid Mesothelioma?

What Is Epithelioid Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Epithelioid Mesothelioma? Epithelial cells make up one of four types of tissues naturally found in the body. Epithelial tissue is located on the skin’s surface, in the linings of hollow organs and blood vessels, and along the lining of internal cavities. When an individual is exposed to asbestos fibers, epithelial cells […]

What Is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma? Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is a less common cell type. It accounts for about 10 – 15% of all pleural mesothelioma diagnoses and 4% of peritoneal mesothelioma diagnoses. There are several defining characteristics that can help identify sarcomatoid cells: An oval, elongated shape with a large nucleus Multiple nuclei in some […]

What Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma? Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos. When asbestos fibers are ingested or inhaled, they can become embedded in the lining of the abdomen. Research suggests the fibers reach the abdominal lining through the digestive or lymphatic systems. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common form of […]

What Is Pleural Mesothelioma?

01. Overview What Is Pleural Mesothelioma? Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos fibers becoming embedded in the lining of the lungs. Over time, the fibers may cause inflammation and scarring. As the scarring worsens, it may develop into mesothelioma tumors. Pleural malignant mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma cancer. […]