What is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare kind of cancer that starts in the mesothelial cells. Mesothelial cells form a lining called the mesothelium. This lining protects the outer surface of internal organs, such as the lungs, stomach, heart, and others. Tumors can start in any of these places.

The most common type of mesothelioma starts in the lining on the outer surface of the lungs. These are called pleural mesotheliomas. Pericardial mesotheliomas begin in the sac around the heart. Most of the remaining mesotheliomas are called peritoneal mesotheliomas and begin in the abdominal cavity.

Risk Factors for Malignant Mesothelioma

The following are common risk factors for malignant mesothelioma:

  • Worked with asbestos
  • Family member has worked with asbestos
  • Living near naturally occurring asbestos
  • Radiation treatment in the past
  • 65 years of age or older
  • Gender: mesothelioma is more common in men

Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma

Treatment for malignant mesothelioma is local, systemic, or both. Local treatments wipe out the cancer cells in one area. Here are the main local treatments for malignant mesothelioma:

For more information on mesothelioma treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.