Pleural mesothelioma is by far the most common type of this very serious form of cancer, and it affects the lungs. Peritoneal mesothelioma much rarer, but it’s the second most common type. Up to about a fifth of mesothelioma cases are peritoneal.
It too is often caused by asbestos exposure, with asbestos fibers being inhaled or swallowed. If they end up in the peritoneum, which is a membrane around the abdominal cavity, that’s how this form of mesothelioma can start.
Detecting peritoneal mesothelioma
It can be more difficult to detect early because the symptoms can mimic a host of abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions. Further, people who have had prior asbestos exposure often associate mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions with respiratory issues. That means it often spreads to the organs in the abdominal cavity, like the liver and intestines, before it’s detected via scans, blood tests and biopsies.
A peritoneal fluid analysis can also detect it. That’s one reason why it’s crucial to tell your regular health care providers if you’ve been exposed to asbestos. While there’s not yet a cure, as with any kind of cancer, the earlier it’s found and treatment can begin, the better the chances are of extending your life.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, you have a lot to process and decisions to make. There are advancements being made all the time through research and clinical trials.
There are options for holding the parties responsible for your asbestos exposure and your medical condition liable. This can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to take advantage of the best treatments and improve your quality of life. The best first step is to seek experienced legal guidance.