Approximately 10 to 20 percent of mesothelioma tumors develop in the lining of the abdomen. This type of mesothelioma is referred to as peritoneal mesothelioma.
The only known cause of peritoneal mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a mineral commonly used in fire retardant and insulating materials. The asbestos fibers may find their way into the abdomen by being swallowed or by migrating from the lungs.
Peritoneal mesothelioma can be either benign or malignant. A diagnosis of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is very serious. Historically, there was a less than two year average survival for patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. With modern surgical and chemotherapy treatments that have become available in recent years, however, the outlook is gradually improving.
The preferred chemotherapy regimen for mesothelioma involves treatment with Alimta and Cisplatin. Surgical “debulking” of the abdominal tumor tissue may also be an option. We believe it is important to consult with a doctor knowledgeable about the latest advances in the treatment of mesothelioma to ensure the best chance of long-term survival.
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