In the recent decade our medical science has made rapid progress. The horizon of research has expanded considerably. New areas of research are being dug. New medicines are being invented for diseases that were once considered incurable. Stem cell is such a new area where lot of research has been carried out of late.
Though this disease sounds like a very obscure and rare disease, it is currently becoming one of the biggest scourges in the 21st century. It is a rare form of an incurable cancer which is only caused sustained exposure to asbestos or any form of asbestos whatsoever. As of now, asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, whatever type it might be. The name of the cancer gets itself from the fact that all the cancer cells are developed in the mesothelium which is the lining that covers most of the vital organs of the body.
There are many parts of the body that mesothelioma might occur in, but the most common place where mesothelioma cells develop is the pleura which is the outer lining covering the lungs and the cavity of the chest.
Mesothelioma is a form of incurable cancer which occurs in the inner linings if the organs and is caused due to a sustained exposure to asbestos either directly or indirectly. The problem with mesothelioma is the fact that the condition has an extremely high gestation period and sometimes the symptoms of the condition do not reveal themselves up to twenty years after the time of exposure. Also, the symptoms of mesothelioma of any kind are very general and non generic. As a result, this is very difficult to diagnose. Most of the treatment for mesothelioma is mainly palliative and offers a relief from the pain more than anything else. Also, some of the treatments aim to slow down the growth of the cancer.
Before you go on to read this article, you should first know what mesothelioma is. It is a form of cancer which is caused due to long and sustained exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral which occurs naturally in the form of fibers and is used in flooring, roofing, insulation, etc. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer and derives its name from the mesothelioma which it affects. The mesothelioma is the inner lining of most of the organs of the body and is like a protective lining of the body. Thus mesothelioma most commonly affects the lining of the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity. The lung is the most common area of infection.
The asbestos fibers can enter the body through different ways. The most common way is through breathing.
Mesothelioma is a form of rare cancer which is unfortunately not rare anymore and affects people who have been affected and exposed to asbestos in some way or the other. This form of exposure can be direct or indirect. Thus someone who is coming into daily contact with someone who is being or has been exposed to asbestos in some way or the other stands a very good chance of contracting mesothelioma as well. Mesothelioma gets its name from the areas in the body which it affects. The cancerous cells are developed in the mesothelioma and the latter is a protective lining which covers most of the vital internal organs of the body.
There is many types of mesothelioma depending on which part of the body, or rather which organ and its protective lining has been affected.
Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer and is incurable in general. There have been no permanent cures which have been found for mesothelioma and as a result, most of the available cures for the condition aim to either reduce the pain and the discomfort which is suffered by the patients, or tries to extend the post diagnosis time of the patients from one year to a longer period of time up to five years. Thus there is continuous research going on in the aim of finding more alternative cures for mesothelioma which can be permanently cure mesothelioma for good. There are many alternative cures that are being experimented with today and most of the mesothelioma patients are on at least one alternative mesothelioma cure therapy. Here are some of the most popular alternative mesothelioma cures today.
One kind of tissue lined with particular cells referred as mesothelial cells is the mesothelium. These mesothelial cells normally line the heart cavity, abdominal cavity, chest cavity and the outer most surface of most inner organs. Every cavity is having a particular name for the mesothelial enclosed cavity that is –
- ‘Pleura’ – chest cavity
- ‘Peritoneum’ – abdominal cavity