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Pleural Mesothelioma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is pleural mesothelioma?

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that develops in a protective covering for your lungs called the pleura. The pleura is piece of tissue with 2 layers. One layer lines your chest cavity and the other covers your lungs.

The Lungs

What causes mesothelioma?

What increases my risk for pleural mesothelioma?

What are the signs and symptoms of pleural mesothelioma?

The following will develop slowly, over a long period of time:

How is pleural mesothelioma diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider if you have ever worked around or been exposed to asbestos or a chemical that can cause pleural mesothelioma. Tell him or her how long ago this happened, and how long you were exposed. You may also need any of the following:

How is pleural mesothelioma treated?

What can I do to manage or prevent pleural mesothelioma?

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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