There is a very specific type of cancer that is caused by the exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer is called mesothelioma and can begin to affect the lining of the organs, especially the lining of the lungs.
Asbestos Cancer Symptoms
Some of the common symptoms that are associated with asbestos cancer include:
Wheezing and Shortness of Breath
The Buildup of Fluid Throughout the Lungs
Hoarseness of the voice
Distension of the abdomen and abdominal pain, as well as an increase in the girth of the abdomen for mesothelioma that affects the abdominal organs
Suffering from a persistent cough or chronic bronchitis
Unfortunately, mesothelioma often comes with no early symptoms that occur through the early stages of the disease and that once the symptoms begin to occur in the body it can be difficult to diagnose.
The Types of Asbestos Cancer
There are three types of asbestos cancer that can occur. The first type of asbestos cancer occurs from exposure to asbestos that has been inhaled, affecting the lungs. The second type of asbestos cancer comes from exposure that has been ingested and affects the organs that are present in the abdomen. The third type of asbestos cancer affects the lining of the heart and experts are unsure about how the fibers transfer into this area of the body to cause the type of cancer that occurs.
Depending on the types of asbestos exposure that has occurred, different types of mesothelioma, or asbestos cancers, can occur. Through the many options that are available for treatment, it is important to first determine the type of asbestos cancer that the patient is suffering from, as this can help to facilitate the right course of treatment for the patient that is suffering from mesothelioma.
Asbestos Cancer Treatments
There are three forms of treatments that are used for patients that are suffering from mesothelioma; radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. Choosing a combination of the treatment plans can be an effective way to ensure that the disease is going to be eradicated from the body with the best results and can ensure that the patient is going to increase their rates for survival of the disease.
Learning about the various treatment options can be an effective way to ensure that you, as the patient, can make informed decisions when it comes to the plan of action that is going to be implemented into the treatment plan.
Radiation is used to shrink the tumors and cancer cells in the body. Through high amounts of radiation, the tumors are often decreased in size and can therefore become a manageable size to be treated with other means. Radiation uses high doses of energy to eradicate the cancer cells but can often cause other symptoms to manifest in the body.
There are two types of radiation that are used while treating mesothelioma and other types of cancer; internal radiation and external radiation. The two types of radiation can differ from each other as they introduce radiation through energy and external devices when used outside of the body and introduce radiation through internal methods through tubes that are placed through the internal organs, to introduce the radiation to the inner part of the body to make it more effective.
Chemotherapy is a compound of chemicals that are referred to as toxins that are designed to kill the cancer cells that are present in the body. Introduced to the body through injections that are made to the organs suffering from the cancer cells, or through the use of a compound that is entered into the body intravenously, chemotherapy can be an effective way to eradicate the cancer cells in the body, but unfortunately comes with a myriad of side effects, as the natural and healthy cells in the body are often effected, too.
The last method of trying to eradicate the mesothelioma from the cells in the body is to remove the cells that are being affected, surgically. Surgically removing the cells from the body can be an effective way to get rid of the cancer cells, especially when combined with chemotherapy or radiation. In many cases, the surgical procedures are combined with chemotherapy to bathe the organs that are being operated on in the solution to eradicate any cancer cells that may have been left behind through the surgery that has been completed.
Learning about the various options that are available when it comes to the treatments that are available for asbestos cancer can be an effective way to ensure that the patient is able to take part in the course of treatment, making informed decisions about the treatment plan that has been created.
There are many places where information can be obtained regarding the diagnosis that has been made, including information from health care professionals, legal authorities and even through the use of research completed by the patient.