Mesothelioma symptoms are very difficult to diagnose. Since all symptoms are seem like common daily ailments most of the people tend to ignore these until it gets advanced.
Patients can’t feel the Mesothelioma symptoms immediately. Mostly it takes 30 years after the exposure to show up any symptoms on the body. As a result in most cases, when the patients are diagnosed with the mesothelioma they have already reached the advanced stage. Treatment options will be based on how early malignant mesothelioma has been diagnosed.
How Long Usually It Takes For Mesothelioma Symptoms To Appear?
Most dangerous fact about the mesothelioma is “This killer disease is often characterized by a very long latency period which is often associated with the malignant mesothelioma. Latency period is the total amount of time when the patient gone through the asbestos exposure for the first time and the period in which mesothelioma symptoms have began to appear.
Usually people have this latency period anywhere between 25 to 50 years. Only less than 1% people have diagnosed with the latency period around 15 years.
Since the latency period is such a long term, as a sad truth more people are diagnosed at their advanced stages. When mesothelioma is diagnosed at the early stages patients can have many treatment options and treatment outcome will also be effective.
Malignant Mesothelioma symptoms and signs used to get vary based on the part which gets affected by the cancer cells.
Depending on the part which is affected by mesothelioma,types can be categorized into 4.
- When the disease affects the lungs, it is called as Pleural mesothelioma
- At the abdomen, it is called as Peritoneal mesothelioma
- At the heart, it is called as Pericardial mesothelioma
- At the testicular, it is called as Testicular Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma (at the lungs)
Nearly 75% of patients are diagnosed with the Pleural mesothelioma. It is the most common type
- Painful coughs , sometimes no pain
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Experience of pain under the rib cage
- Back pain ( especially in the lower area)
- Persistent Chest Pain
- Night Sweats / Fever
Peritoneal mesothelioma (develops around the mesothelial area of the abdomen)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea / Vomiting
- Abdomen Pain
- Abdominal Swelling Lumps in the abdomen
- Constipation or Diarrhea
Pericardial mesothelioma (occurs in the exterior lining of the heart area)
Only 1% of the people are diagnosed with this type of mesothelioma.
- Chest Pain
- Low blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats / fever
- Fluid retention especially in legs
- Heart palpitations ( Irregular heart beat)
- Fatigue,extreme after light exertion
Testicular Mesothelioma (occurs at the lining of the testes)
It is a rare form of disease. Less than 1% of people are diagnosed under this category.
Because of the rarity of this disease, clear cut mesothelioma symptoms have not been identified yet. Only 100 cases have been recorded in the past 60 years.
2 known symptoms of testicular mesothelioma
- Testicular lump
- Swelling of the scrotum
When you need to consult your doctor?
Clearly most of mesothelioma symptoms are not very specific. Often it is disregarded as some other disease. So when you feel these symptoms as persistent one , you should consult the doctor. Let him know if you have been exposed to asbestos at any point of time in your life. Remember early diagnosis will help in improving the quality of life.
When the disease is diagnosed at the early stages patients can avail for many treatment options. But when the disease is diagnosed at the later stages treatment options will become limited. Check out our post on Mesothelioma treatment for the detailed study on various treatment options of mesothelioma.