Alright, so a lot of you are wondering why I have a post on this. Story is, a family member of mine was just diagnosed with Meso, and I just wanted to spread some information out there to others about what it is. Mesothelioma is a lethal form of cancer that attacks the thin layer of cells surrounding the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Because the first symptoms appear decades after initial exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in late stages.
Diagnosing mesothelioma is a difficult task even for the most experienced doctors. If you present any symptoms associated with this form of cancer, the doctor will order a complete physical examination, imaging tests, biopsies, and lung function tests. He will also perform a physical exam to detect the presence of a pleural effusion. To provide an accurate diagnosis, the oncologist may recommend fluid biopsies, computed tomography scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans, X-rays, and blood tests. These medical procedures help identify the type of cancer cells and the extent of the cancer.
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