Malignant Mesothelioma

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma

Early symptoms of mesothelioma are more often caused by other things, so at first people may ignore them or mistake them for common, minor ailments. Most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for at least a few months before they are diagnosed.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) can include:

  • Pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid in the area around the lung
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and arms

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include:

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms and signs above may be caused by mesothelioma, but more often they are caused by other conditions. Still, if you have any of these problems (especially if you have been exposed to asbestos), it's important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.


Last Medical Review: 12/19/2013
Last Revised: 12/19/2013