If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma, chances are you've either been told you have pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, or pericardial mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type, affecting approximately 15-20% of mesothelioma patients. It is generally a result of swallowing or ingesting asbestos fibers, which become embedded in the membrane that lines the organs in your abdomen. The most common treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma is surgery.
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Because peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the abdomen, most symptoms originate from that area. They include loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, nausea, fatigue, night sweats and lumps on the abdomen.
Symptoms don't generally appear until thirty to fifty years after ingesting the asbestos, and people are often caught off guard by the diagnosis, especially if they are unfamiliar with the illness or even that they were ever exposed to asbestos.
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