Pericardial mesothelioma occurs extremely rarely, with only an estimated 200 known cases reported. Only 25 percent of these cases were diagnosed before the patient’s death.
Tumor growth on the heart is itself a rare condition, and pericardial mesothelioma cases make up only 2-3% of these cases.
Pericardial Mesothelioma Treatment and Prognosis
Pericardial mesothelioma presents itself in a variety of ways, making early diagnosis difficult. For this reason, most physicians diagnose cases of pericardial mesothelioma at an advanced stage, if at all.
Treatment options are limited because the pericardial mesothelium closely surrounds the heart. Related tumors do not respond well to radiation therapy, and surgical resection can be impossible in many instances.
Chemotherapy treatments have limited effectiveness, although they can shrink the size of the tumor.
Pericardial mesothelioma cancers also metastasize quickly, with 25-50% of cases showing tumor spread to lymph node systems prior to diagnosis.
A lack of treatment options means that pericardial mesothelioma cases have a poor prognosis. Survival after diagnosis typically lies between six weeks and 15 months.
Pericardial Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Because there are so few cases of pericardial mesothelioma, physicians find it difficult to study and provide treatment. There is a strong connection to pericardial mesothelioma and asbestos exposure as with the other types of mesothelioma affecting the areas around the lungs, abdomen, and testicular area.
Possible symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma based on past cases include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Dry cough
- Consistent fatigue
- Weight loss
- Swelling in extremities
Note that pericardial mesothelioma cases present themselves inconsistently. This fact means that no one set of known, repeatable symptoms exists.
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