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Mesothelioma symptoms can occur anywhere between 15 to 50 years after a person has been exposed to asbestos. Symptoms may resemble less severe illnesses and do not show up until after the cancer is already present. The main types of mesothelioma are pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial with different symptoms accompanying each.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Chest or rib area pain, painful breathing
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Persistent cough/wheezing
  • Fluid around the lungs (pleural effusions)
  • Development of lumps under the skin on the chest
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Sweating or fever
  • Fluid accumulation in the abdomen (Ascites)
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea, constipation or any other inexplicable changes in the bowels
  • Development of lumps under the skin on the abdomen

Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma

  • Heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat
  • Pain in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Sweating or fever
  • Fatigue

What should you do if you have Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

If you are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma contact your physician immediately. Your physician will schedule a series of tests to determine whether or not you have mesothelioma. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, Penn Medicine is equipped with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians that can treat your illness with the latest technology coupled with compassionate care.

Contact Penn Medicine Today

Our oncology navigators can assist you and your loved ones with questions about mesothelioma and pleural diseases; as well as scheduling appointments with our specialists. Contact us today to find out more about diagnosis and treatment options. Call 215-662-9697.