Pericardial Mesothelioma

As the name implies, pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining of the heart itself. Surgery and chemotherapy are the treatments for this mesothelioma which helps the people to live longer with the cancer and other therapies can control symptoms like pericardial effusion.

Pericardial mesothelioma is often diagnosed or discovered at a later stage. The treatment options for this mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy, palliative treatments to control symptoms and rarely radiation therapy. Among 46 percent of patients choose the treatment method as surgery, 37 percent receive chemotherapy and 8 percent receive radiation therapy as it is too risky to apply near the heart. Almost 25 percent of patients choose not to have any treatment.

The most common symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma are:

  • Difficulty in breathing even while resting (dyspnea)
  • Murmurs
  • Breathing shortness while lying flat
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)

If any individual experiences any of the above symptoms, especially heart-related ones, it is advised to schedule an appointment with a doctor, if not mesothelioma specialist, immediately. Tests like X-rays, CT scans and echocardiograms can generally reveal the underlying cause of theses health problems.

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