Asbestos is a natural mineral that was a popular construction material used through the 20th century, before it was discovered to be a cause of multiple medical conditions, including mesothelioma.
There are four types of mesothelioma, one of which is peritoneal mesothelioma. This is the second most commonly diagnosed type, accounting for 20 percent of all cases.
The name describes the location in which this disease first develops—the peritoneum. The peritoneum is a protective membrane that covers the entirety of the abdomen in two layers. Tumors from mesothelioma can develop in both of these layers. A common symptom is abdominal swelling and tenderness.
Abdominal Swelling or Tenderness as a Symptom of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Abdominal swelling and tenderness is the second most frequently seen symptom of peritoneal mesothelioma, with a patient experience rate of 31 percent. Asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, and the body is incapable of expelling them. Asbestos exposure irritates the abdomen, resulting in abdominal swelling or tenderness.
The lymphatic system allows these materials to travel through the digestive system and into the peritoneum. They are also capable of being absorbed through the abdomen. Once this process begins, the cells of the abdomen are irritated, resulting in abdominal swelling or tenderness. Since distention of the abdomen is a symptom for many other conditions, diagnoses of peritoneal mesothelioma may be delayed.
Managing Abdominal Swelling or Tenderness
Though a cure for mesothelioma has not yet been discovered, there are options to help patients manage their aggressive symptoms and have a better quality of life. The peritoneal mesothelioma cancer cells must be treated in order to combat the symptom of abdominal swelling or tenderness.
Cytoreductive surgery is a surgery that removes the tumors that have developed in the abdomen. Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be recommended in combination with surgery.
In cases where the cancer is more advanced and has spread to other systems of the body, palliative care may be considered.
A care team might recommend dietary or lifestyle changes to patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. These include:
- Eating smaller portions several times per day
- Avoiding spicy flavors
- Reducing caffeine
- Minimizing the consumption of fatty foods
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Avoiding over the counter medications such as naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin
Those who are suffering from the symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are encouraged to contact Mesowatch for immediate support and assistance, as well as a free confidential case evaluation. We will connect you with the Nation’s best mesothelioma lawyers so you can pursue maximum compensation from the responsible parties.