Pericardial Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that forms in the lining around the heart [Pericardium] and accounts for about one percent of all known Mesotheliomas [less than 150 cases]
The prognosis for patients diagnosed with Pericardial Mesothelioma is generally poor compared to that of Pleural and Peritoneal Mesothelioma patients and the average survival time is 6-10 months.
Pericardial Mesothelioma treatment options are chemotherapy, palliative treatments, and surgery.
50-60& of patients diagnosed with Pericardial Mesothelioma will past 6-10 months.
Pericardial Mesothelioma is diagnosed in people between the ages of 50-70.
60% of Pericardial Mesothelioma cases occur in men.
46% of Pericardial Mesothelioma patients choose surgery.
37% of Pericardial Mesothelioma patients get chemotherapy.
8% of Pericardial Mesothelioma patients get radiation therapy.
Fluid Buildup [Heart]
Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia)
Pericardial Layer Thickening
Shortness of Breath
Pericardial Mesothelioma symptoms can mimic other heart disorders.
Diagnosed Pericardial Mesothelioma patients experience no symptoms when the cancer initially develops.
A Mesothelioma diagnosis from a doctor is based off specific symptoms a patient may be having. Diagnosing Mesothelioma at an early stage is essential to have the best outcome possible with treatment.
Since Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, it is vital for patients to seek a doctor who specializes in Mesothelioma cancer.
Common Misdiagnoses of Mesothelioma is bronchitis, pneumonia, and COPD in its early stages (1-2). If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should see a doctor once a year to get tested.
Mesothelioma Diagnostic Methods
Blood Tests (Tumor Markers)
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Laparoscopy
Medical History and Physical Exam
MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Open Surgical Biopsy
PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
Pulmonary Function Tests
Removing Fluid for testing
Test of Tissue Samples
Tests of Fluid Samples
Types of Mesothelioma
Pleural Mesothelioma [Lungs]
Peritoneal Mesothelioma [Abdomen
Pericardial Mesothelioma [Heart]
Epithelial malignant Mesothelioma
Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Malignant Mesothelioma Cystic Mesothelioma
The Statutes of Limitations is the period a Mesothelioma victim has to file a lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure varies from state to state.
The Statute of Limitations begins after a diagnosis or death by Mesothelioma, not the date of their exposure.
An experienced Mesothelioma attorney can help you file a claim before your Statutes of Limitations expires.
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