9. Weight loss
Weight loss is a symptom of pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma and may be caused by numerous issues. In the case of pleural mesothelioma, weight loss may result from dysphagia or difficulty swallowing food and liquids. Patients experience these problems as the disease progressively affects the lungs. Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma can experience weight loss since the abdominal cavity is affected, causing pain and unwillingness to eat. Patients may not want to eat or feel pain while eating.
In addition, pressure in the stomach due to the tumors can aggravate digestion, causing weight loss in patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. When weight loss is minimal, it may go unnoticed and even in the case of a more significant weight loss, can be mistaken for anorexia nervosa. However, it is important to understand and treat weight loss related to mesothelioma since it can weaken the patient and lead to malnutrition, dehydration, or anorexia.
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