What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Initial mesothelioma symptoms are typically mild but worsen as the cancer spreads.
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Blood in stool
- Bloody sputum
- Breathing problems
- Chronic cough
- Fluid buildup in the affected area
- Rib pain
- Shoulder pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Upper back pain
- Vomiting blood
Early mesothelioma symptoms are often mild, and most diagnoses are not made until after the cancer has spread. Additionally, these early symptoms may mimic symptoms of other, less common illnesses like pneumonia or the flu. The delay in diagnosis can worsen a patient’s health outlook (prognosis).
If you are experiencing these symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor and sharing with them your history of asbestos exposure.
Quick Facts About Mesothelioma Symptoms
- Most mesothelioma symptoms do not appear until after the cancer has already spread, according to the Moffitt Cancer Center.
- The American Cancer Society notes that most people with mesothelioma had symptoms for several months before being officially diagnosed.
- Doctors can treat mesothelioma symptoms with surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and techniques designed to manage pain.