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Mesothelioma Explained

Mesothelioma is a dangerous cancer with only one known cause: asbestos exposure. About 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.

Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma can develop in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testicles. Where the tumors form determines which type you have.

Types of Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs (pleura). It is the most common type, making up 80% to 85% of all cases.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the abdominal lining (peritoneum). Around 10% to 15% of cases are peritoneal mesothelioma.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma develops in the heart lining (pericardium). This type is very rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cases.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Common mesothelioma symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a cough that won’t go away. Symptoms vary by type.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Diagnosing Mesothelioma

Doctors diagnose mesothelioma with physical exams and imaging scans. They’ll then examine a biopsy (tumor sample) to confirm the diagnosis.

Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Stages of Mesothelioma

There are four stages of mesothelioma. In stage 1, the cancer hasn’t spread far. By stage 4, the cancer is widespread and hard to treat.

Mesothelioma Stages
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Treatments for Mesothelioma

Doctors often treat mesothelioma using surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. More than one treatment is frequently used for best results.

Mesothelioma Treatments


Mesothelioma surgeries remove cancer tumors from the body. Surgery works best for patients in the first stages of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Surgery


Radiation involves the use of energy waves to destroy cancer tumors. Concentrated doses must be used to avoid harming the patient.

Radiation Therapy


Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Patients often get chemotherapy through their veins.


Clinical Trials

Newer mesothelioma treatments are being studied in clinical trials to help doctors find better ways to treat patients.

Clinical Trials

Mesothelioma Prognosis

A prognosis is the health outcome of a disease. Mesothelioma is very aggressive, but you can improve your prognosis with medical care.

Life Expectancy

Mesothelioma patients live between 12-21 months on average. That said, it’s possible to outlive this average and become a survivor.

Life Expectancy

Mesothelioma Survivors

Mesothelioma survivors have lived for years or decades with this cancer. View long-term survivor stories.

Mesothelioma Survivors

Support Options

There are plenty of ways to find support after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Doctors, nurses, family, and other patients can help you.

Support Groups
Treatment Specialized Care

You’ll need care from the best doctors and treatment centers after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Find top doctors and hospitals now.


Top Mesothelioma Doctors

Mesothelioma doctors can help confirm a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Mesothelioma Doctors

Dr. Michele Carbone

Mesothelioma Specialist

Dr. Carbone

Dr. David Harpole Jr.

Pleural Mesothelioma Specialist

Dr. Harpole Jr.

Dr. Brian W. Loggie

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Dr. Loggie

Treatment Center

Mesothelioma cancer centers are located across the country. Top doctors treat patients like you at these cancer centers every day.

Treatment Centers

Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL 33612

Moffitt Cancer Center

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston, MA 02215

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA 02114

Massachusetts General Hospital

U.S. Veterans With Mesothelioma

U.S. veterans are at a high risk of mesothelioma as the risks of asbestos were hidden from service members for decades.

Air Force

The U.S. Air Force relied on asbestos in aircraft parts like heat shields and brake pads. Dozens of Air Force bases also used asbestos.

Air Force

A wide range of U.S. Army vehicles and bases often used asbestos-based products for insulation and durability.


The U.S. Marine Corps often served on bases or ships that were built with many asbestos products, putting them in danger.

Marine Corps

U.S. Navy veterans had the highest risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. The Navy used more asbestos than all other branches.


Asbestos on Navy Ships

Virtually every Navy ship that was built before the late 1970s used tons of asbestos. Sailors aboard could have easily been exposed.

Navy Ships

VA Benefits

Veterans with mesothelioma can get financial and medical benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA Benefits
Legal Help

Mesothelioma Resources

There are many resources available to help you and your family after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Find top resources below.

Financial Settlements

Mesothelioma legal claims often award $1 million or more through out-of-court settlements. Pursue a settlement right now.

Mesothelioma Settlements

Law Firms

Mesothelioma law firms can help you file legal claims and receive compensation after your diagnosis.

Mesothelioma Law Firm

Asbestos Trust Funds

Many companies that made and sold asbestos-based products set up trusts to pay victims. Over $30 billion is available in trusts.

Asbestos Trust Funds

Class Actions

Most mesothelioma claims aren’t filed as class actions. Learn why an individual claim is usually much better.

Class Actions
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