Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of cancer affecting the lining of the stomach (the peritoneum). It is caused by the ingestion of asbestos fibers.
What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
How Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treated?
This is the only surgical option available to those with a peritoneal diagnosis. Luckily, this surgery has high success rates and is also used to treat other abdominal malignancies.
This is the most common treatment method used for peritoneal mesothelioma. It is sometimes administered directly to the abdomen during surgery.
This is typically the least invasive treatment option for peritoneal patients. Radiation may be delivered during surgery as well.
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- Abdominal Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Blood Clots
- Fluid Buildup (Ascites)
- Abdominal Swelling
- Fever or Sweating
- Tissue Lumps in the Abdomen
- Bowel Problems
In most cases, peritoneal mesothelioma does not spread to the lungs. It has been shown to spread to the other abdominal areas, such as ovaries, liver, or intestines. This metastasis often causes it to become discovered and sometimes misdiagnosed. Symptoms of stomach pains or ascites sometimes results in a misdiagnosis of hernias or a simple stomachache.
How Does Peritoneal Mesothelioma Develop?
1Asbestos fibers are ingested and lodge into the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum).
2The body attempts to filter and remove these fibers, but sometimes the fibers attach to the peritoneum.
3Scar tissue builds up as a response to the body’s fight against the irritation of the fibers and can result in genetic cell damage. This can cause unchecked cell division and the formation of a malignant tumor.
Doctors may also use a technique called peritoneoscopy. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision on the patient’s abdomen and uses a small camera to explore the abdomen. There is also a tool on the camera that helps to extract tissue on the peritoneum to test for mesothelioma.
Generally, in stage 1, the mesothelioma is centralized in the abdomen and is more than likely able to be entirely removed. As it progresses to stage 2, the mesothelioma may spread more but is still contained in the peritoneum. In the third stage, it begins to metastasize to other organs, such as the liver and colon. In the final stage, stage 4, the mesothelioma has spread to other organs.