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Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is extremely dangerous and carcinogenic substances ever used regularly in widely used in industry and homes and buildings. Dust from the inhaled asbestos irreversible and cause damage to the lungs. The most common in industries that used asbestos, including construction, insulation, paper, building ships, railroads, auto parts and ceramics (2).

There are three main types of mesothelioma, the epithelial, sarcomatous (also called the fiber), and biphasic / mixed (2) (6). The most common epithelial is the type of the disease and is found in 50-70% of cases. Epithelial mesothelioma is a cancer of epithelial tissue, which is the membranes that line your internal organs. Epithelial mesothelioma has a better prognosis than other types (3), although still very deadly form of cancer.

The median length of life of a patient with mesothelioma only eleven months (1). This is because the disease is often not diagnosed and treated until much later, in the early stages because the symptoms are often very vague and include shortness of breath and chest pain (1). This is very important to consult a doctor immediately in a way without mild symptoms, especially if you know that you have been exposed to asbestos. If caught early, there is a better prognosis.

Mesothelioma live with the new price increase and more aggressive treatment. They are also much better if the disease is caught at an early stage of aggressive is the most effective treatment. There is a 50% rate after five years of life if the cancer was caught at stage 1 and aggressive treatment can be started immediately (4). Aggressive treatment is less effective in advanced stages and are used to try to stop the cancer spreading to other parts of the body (1).

Mesothelioma types is determined by medical tests and biological cells such as needle biopsies. However, often epithelial mesothelioma may be difficult to diagnose accurately because it can also be seen as highly anaplastic lung cancer or other metastatic cancer (5). Sometimes it's necessary to use diagnostic tool for accurate diagnosis.

Epithelial mesothelioma, as well as other types, can develop in different areas of the body. Can be found in the cells of the pleural lung, stomach or in the pericardium. The most common place for the existing form in the cells of the pleural lung, which reaches 60% of cases (3), with the membrane (abdominal) involvement is also very common. Pericardial mesothelioma occurs when cancer develops in the membrane, or epithelial tissue, around the heart and is actually quite rare (1).

Common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, chest pain and others such as pneumonia symptoms. Many times there may be no symptoms at all until the more advanced stage of cancer (3). Membrane, or abdominal mesothelioma can also cause shortness of breath, and weight gain, bowel problems, anemia, swelling of the feet and swelling in the abdomen.

Treatment for epithelial mesothelioma is more similar to other types of mesothelioma and can include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Maintenance and operations performed more frequently depending on the cancer stage and the region located in the body of the type of mesothelioma. Chemotherapy has not proven to be very effective in epithelial cancers (2) and not used alone, although still can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.

Chemotherapy and radiation used to kill cancer cells and thereby reduce the size of the tumor. However, this treatment will also kill and destroy healthy cells as well, which produces the various symptoms associated with the type of treatment. You have to understand all the risks and side effects that occurred in the pre-treatment and ready with what is expected.

There are several options available to operations that epithelial mesothelioma, depending on the stage of cancer, the affected areas of the body, and under certain circumstances as a whole. Your doctor will go through the options available to you and all the benefits and risks of each. You should also make sure to ask your doctor lots of questions and make sure you have a thorough understanding of your situation to be able to make decisions about your care.

Surgery for epithelial mesothelioma can be used for various medical reasons. Treatment, including surgery, can be used to try to heal or to improve the longevity and life chances. Sometimes surgery is used to reduce the patient's symptoms and make them more comfortable. This is known as palliative surgery (1) and is often an option for cancer patients is more advanced.

Receiving a diagnosis of epithelial mesothelioma is a very scary and experience. Many patients received a diagnosis through a variety of intense emotions that closely resembles the process of grieving, including denial and anger. This is a normal human response, though not to let this get in the way to take charge of your situation and receive prompt treatment. Action and involvement can make a difference in the lives and quality of the final result.

'Epithelial Mesothelioma' Resources:

Mesothelioma Cancer Treatment Center. "Epithelial mesothelioma cancer." Epithelial mesothelioma: Early Detection and Treatment. Date documented.

Accessed: July 24, 2007. WebMD. "Mesothelioma." Emedicine from WebMD. February 9, 2007.

Accessed: July 24, 2007. News asbestos. "Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma." Asbestos News: devoted mesothelioma and Information About Asbestos Exposure. 2006.