Symptoms of Mesothelioma

In its early stages, Mesothelioma does not have many symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they are often caused by the cancer growing and pressing on a nerve or other body organ.

The symptoms of the 2 main types of Mesothelioma are different.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms are:

  • Pain in the lower back or the side of the chest
  • A persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A hoarse or husky voice
  • Losing more than 10% of your weight when not dieting
  • Sweating and fevers
  • Difficulty swallowing

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms are:

  • Pain in the abdomen (stomach)
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Poor appetite
  • Losing more than 10% of your weight when not dieting
  • Diarrhea or constipation

These symptoms are all more likely to be caused by some other illness, rather than by Mesothelioma. But if you have these symptoms, see your doctor. This is particularly important if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past.

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm discusses how long it takes before the symptoms of Mesothelioma start to show.