While mesothelioma most often affects the lining surround the lungs, it is not technically considered a lung cancer, as it could also affect the lining of the heart or the abdomen. Mesothelioma, which is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos, is relatively rare. In fact, those exposed to asbestos are at a far greater risk of lung cancer than mesothelioma. Lung cancers are treatable with early detection, whereas mesothelioma has a long latency period that makes early detection incredibly difficult. However, advancements in the early detection of lung cancers may help detect mesothelioma as well. (more…)
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It is no secret that mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose. By the time patients have symptoms, the disease may already be in its later stages. A new study by researchers at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow has added another layer to that difficulty.
Based on their conclusions, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans may not be sensitive enough to confirm or discredit a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)