Most of the systems that are held within the abdomen and chest cavities are protected by thin membranes. When a person is exposed to the natural mineral asbestos, mesothelioma can develop in these membranes. Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer and, though great advancements have been made in recent years, there is still no cure.
The symptoms of mesothelioma are diverse, ranging from unexplained tumors, abdominal swelling and tenderness, difficulty breathing, loss of weight and localized chest pain. Another potential symptom is anemia. Though this is commonly seen in patients suffering from mesothelioma, it is often undetected because there are no outward signs or specific pains. The signs of being anemic are a feeling of overall sluggishness, body aches and being tired more often than normal. Anemia is not as pronounced as many of the other symptoms that come with mesothelioma, but it can cause significant damage to the body if it is not treated.
Mesothelioma Cancer and Normocytic Anemia
When anemia is detected in association with mesothelioma, it is more often diagnosed as normocytic anemia. Anemia is described as the decrease of hemoglobin or red blood cells and is a common symptom of a large number of underlying conditions. It is pertinent that the underlying condition is also detected.
The majority of blood cells that circulate through the human body are red blood cells. These are birthed from bone marrow, and are responsible for transporting vital oxygen to the organs and systems in the body. Hemoglobin bring carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be exhaled out of the body. When the red blood cells are depleted in anemic patients, the oxygen that is being transported through the body is also diminished. Not only does this cause the individual to feel sluggish and suffer from an increased number of headaches, but it also makes overcoming the symptoms of mesothelioma, much more difficult.
Increased Risk Factors of Anemia with Mesothelioma
Anemia in combination with mesothelioma is associated with increased risk factors for other adverse health conditions. One serious condition that may develop is the decrease of bone marrow. A great cause for concern is that anemia often exasperates the normal signs of mesothelioma. The pain of growing cancerous tumors can be extreme, and the patient may also suffer from advanced dehydration and vitamin deficiency.
Individuals who believe that they are suffering from anemia in conjunction with mesothelioma are encouraged to seek immediate medical care. Treating this condition often starts with treating the cancer itself, through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Physicians may also advise nutritional or lifestyle changes.
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