Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with several types. Cystic mesothelioma develops in epithelial mesothelial cells and there have been less than 200 known cases of this specific type of mesothelioma in the last twenty years.
What Is Cystic Mesothelioma?
All types of mesothelioma impact the lining of an organ in the body. The location of the lining typically identifies the type of mesothelioma. Cystic mesothelioma impacts the lower lining of the abdominal cavity specifically.
In some cases, the lesions can occur in other parts of the body like the liver, uterus, bladder, and rectum.
Overall, mesothelioma is most common in older men. This is likely because mesothelioma is tied to asbestos exposure. Asbestos was heavily used in many male-dominated industries for decades, therefore exposing them more to the harmful mineral than women.
What is interesting about cystic mesothelioma, though, is that it more frequently impacts middle-aged or younger women. The link is unclear and still being researched today.
Cystic Mesothelioma Symptoms
There are several symptoms of cystic mesothelioma to be aware of. These symptoms can include abdominal pain, pelvic discomfort, feelings of being full after not eating much food, unexplained weight gain, any change in bowel habits or movements, and intestinal obstruction.
Unfortunately, medical experts have reported that people with cystic mesothelioma will likely not experience any of the symptoms listed above until the tumor has grown to a size that can impact the functions of other organs.
How is Cystic Mesothelioma Diagnosed?
Cystic mesothelioma is so rare that it can be incredibly difficult for doctors to diagnose. Again, mesothelioma in general is difficult to diagnose and is indeed usually misdiagnosed multiple times before it is finally discovered.
Doctors will use imaging tests such as MRIs, CT, and PET scans to look for tumors or other dense abnormalities on the scans. Doctors will typically begin this process after someone has complained of pelvic floor pain and other symptoms associated with cancer.
Doctors may also take small samples of the cells, called biopsies, to test. By taking a biopsy, doctors can take a closer look at specific cells and determine if they are cancerous or not. If they are cancerous or abnormal, they will conduct further testing.
If there is a possibility that you could have cystic mesothelioma, it is best to see a mesothelioma specialist. Since mesothelioma is so rare, there are very few doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating it.
With a cancer as rare and aggressive as mesothelioma, you want to be sure you’re getting the correct diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible to increase your chances of remission.
The most successful option is surgery to remove the tumors. Your best course of action is to take care of your health and fitness and see a specialist who can help guide you in the right direction for treating your cystic mesothelioma.