What Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare and complex cancer that is still not fully understood by researchers. It occurs when malignant (cancerous) tumors form within the tissue lining that covers and protects the abdominal organs, called the peritoneum.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of this cancer. There are 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States each year, and peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for up to 30% of these cases.
Peritoneal mesothelioma has the best prognosis (outlook) of all mesothelioma types because of aggressive treatments that can eliminate the cancer when caught early enough.
If you’ve been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, or you suspect you have it, here’s what you need to know about this disease and your prognosis:
- Rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the tissues that line the abdominal organs
- The second most common form of mesothelioma accounting for up to 30% of cases
- Average life expectancy for patients is 12 months but can improve to several years with treatment
- Treatments involve a combination of abdominal surgery, chemo and radiation therapies
- Clinical trials are available for patients with advanced stages, and patients can undergo new therapies not yet available to the general public
- Should only be treated by a specialist — gastrointestinal surgeons and oncologists with decades of experience researching and treating mesothelioma
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