Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma generally do not appear until the cancer has progressed into later stages. Even in late stages, the symptoms may be so slight or mirror common ailments that mesothelioma goes undetected. An individual may have been exposed to asbestos, but they may not develop mesothelioma for 20-50 years. So if you have knowledge that you have been exposed to asbestos at work, at home or by a product, then you need to provide that information to your physician.

The key to treating mesothelioma is catching it early before the cancer spreads throughout the body. The problem is that the symptoms generally don’t become noticeable until after the mesothelioma cancer has spread throughout the body. If you know that you have been exposed to asbestos and you are exhibiting any of the symptoms below, then see a physician immediately. Here are symptoms of mesothelioma:

  • Wheezing dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing/Shortness of breath
  • Pain in chest or abdomen
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pleural effusion
  • Peritoneal effusion
  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • General weakness

Symptoms Based on the Types of Mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma match many of the symptoms seen in other cancers. The different types of mesothelioma also share some of the same symptoms. The different types of mesothelioma (pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular) have some unique symptoms, which are listed below.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma and tumors form between the thin lining that sits between the lung and chest cavity, which is called the pleura. When asbestos fibers or dust is inhaled it can make its way into the pleura lining. Here are some of the main symptoms of pleural mesothelioma:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Pleural effusion

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma and tumors form in the lining of the abdominal cavity. Here are some of the main symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma:

  • Fluid build-up in abdomen
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • Obstructed bowels

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma and tumors form in the lining around the heart. Here are some of the main symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing

Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms

Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma and tumors form in the lining around the testicles. Here are some of the main symptoms of testicular mesothelioma:

  • Lump on the testicle