Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma which accounts for about 5% of all cases of mesothelioma. Pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer that develops on the inner wall of the heart. The inner wall of the heart is extremely important as it plays an important role in protecting the heart against damage and pericardial mesothelioma if it is an extremely serious condition. Pericardial mesothelioma becomes a terminal illness, if not treated aggressively in its early stages.Like all other forms of mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust and fibers. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs. From the lungs the fibers can either pass into the lymphatic system and then be transported to the lung wall or they can gradually pass through the heart wall over a long period of time. Over a long period of time, asbestos fibers can accumulate on the inner wall of the heart and this is when pericardial mesothelioma becomes a probability. Due to the fact that asbestos is still present in many public buildings, the possibility of pericardial mesothelioma is a reality for everyone, but for the most part very unlikely. Those who are most likely to have mesothelioma are those who have been in constant contact with mesothelioma for as short a time as a few months. These are people like construction workers and asbestos manufacturers.
Those who are in contact with people who are constantly exposed to asbestos are also at risk due to the fact that asbestos fibers can stick on clothes and hair and can therefore be carried around.Presently, cases Mesothelioma in particular increase pericardial mesothelioma. Elderly men who are approaching 60-70 years old are just beginning to suffer from pericardial mesothelioma because of its long latency period (time the symptoms take to show) over 30-50 years. They suffer because it was the generation that worked with asbestos and among those when asbestos is a very popular construction material in the 1950s-1970s. These men are now housing multi-million dollar lawsuits against companies that Are exposed to the dangers of the asbestos.Pericardial Mesothelioma has a number of symptoms but these do begin to take effect in the later stages of cancer when it is almost fully matured and developed. These symptoms include persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and palpitations. Other symptoms typical of all types of mesothelioma include loss of appetite, nausea and weight loss. This often makes pericardial mesothelioma so difficult to treat that its symptoms are typical of many other more common diseases such as pneumonia.
To be treated effectively, pericardial mesothelioma needs to be treated energetically in its early stages and treatments of so many patients receive too late due to a delay in diagnosis.Treatments for pericardial mesothelioma are very limited and for now the rate Of success to cure pericardial mesothelioma are very low. The chances of a patient’s survival largely depend on how early the cancer is treated and how aggressive. Treatment methods include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, dual therapy and surgery. Chemotherapy uses drugs to try to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy uses rays to try to kill cancer cells although this is extremely difficult in the case of pericardial mesothelioma because too much radiation can severely damage the heart. Bitherapy is a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery is available in two different types, aggressive surgery and palliative care procedures. Aggressive surgery is used only on the strongest of patients such as young and healthy men and involves removing much of the cancer and trying to take control of the cancer. Palliative procedures are a more passive way of treating pericardial mesothelioma and is just trying to relieve the patient from the symptoms.Research that is done in pericardial mesothelioma at research stations throughout the US and many pharmaceutical companies are also trying to find Of new drugs for chemotherapy. Until now, much research has been unsuccessful.