Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. In the majority of the cases, it affects the thin layer of tissue lining the lungs, but it can also affect the tissue that covers the abdomen, heart, and testicles. The symptoms of mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to manifest, so in many cases by the time the diagnosis is made the disease is in an advanced stage.
In this brief OncLive TV video shared in August 2012, Dr. Harvey Pass, from the NYU Langone Medical Center, tells us about some of the challenges the medical profession faces when dealing with mesothelioma patients and why only 20% of patients are candidates for surgical procedures.
Mesothelioma Research News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.