Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can be found when asbestos fibers have made their way into the lining of your abdomen. It is the second most common type of mesothelioma making up around 20% of known diagnoses.

Symtoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

There are many patients that are not going to have symptoms when this cancer is just forming. However, there are times when there will be pockets of fluid on the abdomen and the stomach may bulge. Some of the other symptoms that may be experienced include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Not hungry
  • Blood Clots
  • Being tired
  • Fluid building up
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Fevering or suffering from sweating
  • Lumps in the abdomen
  • Anemia
  • Seizures
  • Trouble with bowels

You will find that in most cases this is not going to spread to the lungs. But, it can make its way to the ovaries, your liver or even into your intestines. It can be misdiagnosed as a hernia or even a simple upset stomach.

Causes

This form of Mesothelioma is often found in males that range between 50-69 years of age. The highest numbers are seen in those men that are military veterans or that were exposed to asbestos during their work.

You will find that this does not often makes its way into the lymph nodes. It will usually form a large tumor, and remain in the same location where it originated.