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Why is Mesothelioma Painful?

Why is mesothelioma painful?

Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer associated with asbestos, can take years or decades after exposure to the carcinogen to begin developing. But after cancerous masses begin to form, the disease can quickly become painful as well as causing irritating and inconvenient side effects.

Mesothelioma tumors begin growing in the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavity. If not treated aggressively, they will spread throughout the abdomen and chest, and eventually to other parts of the body. As tumors grow, they may press against vital organs, both in the chest and anywhere the cancer has spread. A common effect of the disease is fluid buildup in the lungs and elsewhere, leading to pain associated with excess pressure. Tumors can also cause stomach pain and make digestion difficult by impinging on the stomach and intestines. 

Why is mesothelioma painful?

These forms of discomfort are common. Almost a third of pleural mesothelioma patients experience chest pain, while a third to about half of peritoneal mesothelioma patients have abdominal pain.

Metastatic tumors can even press directly on nerves and causing pain signals or long-term nerve damage. The pain caused by tumors blocking vital organs and pressing on nerves can sometimes be assuaged by surgery to remove the mass. Surgery or other invasive procedures can also be used to drain built-up fluid in the lungs and elsewhere. In cases where this isn’t an option, patient care should focus on alleviating pain so that patients can get enough rest and get through the day comfortably.

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