Patients may begin to experience abnormal heart functions that may include the following:

  • irregular heart beat
  • heart palpitations
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • nausea/vomiting
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite

It is possible for pericardial mesothelioma to spread to the lungs. The disease is considered secondary lung cancer in these cases. Many times a patient develops symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma only after it has already spread to the lungs.


Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Mesothelioma Cancer

The earlier that pericardial mesothelioma is diagnosed, the better the probability that the patient may experience successful treatment. Pericardial mesothelioma may be discovered through tests such as a biopsy, CT scan, MRI, or other image tests. These tests show the size, location and severity of the cancer and whether or not it has spread to surrounding areas. A patient’s prognosis depends largely on the severity of the disease. In most cases, the cancer cannot be removed completely through surgery or other treatment procedures so the focus may be more on keeping the patient comfortable during treatment or rehabilitation.

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