Mesothelioma is a kind cancer which is not very frequent. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of mesothelioma, you will first be diagnosed. Only proper diagnosis would indicate whether you are really suffering from the cancer.
In the initial stage, the mesothelioma cancer is diagnosed with the help of a CT Scan of either the chest or the abdomen. At times an X-ray can also be conducted. However, if the symptoms are excessive, a pathological exam will be conducted. This exam is done through biopsy if an abnormal tissue is found in your body. The doctor will cut a small piece of this abnormal tissue from the area of the problem and would test for the detection of the mesothelioma.
If your problem is too serious, your doctor may ask you to conduct the other following examinations. These may include thoracoscopy and peritoneoscopy
When you suffer from pleural mesothelioma, a special instrument called thoracoscope may be used by your doctor. He would look into your chest cavity with the help of this instrument. Through your chest wall a cut will be made into the chest between your two ribs and the thoracoscope would be placed there. However, when this test will be conducted you would be given a local anesthetic. Through this test, the doctor would be able to detect whether fluid has collected in your chest. In such a case, the fluid will be drained out from your body by the help of a needle. The process to remove the fluid in case of this type of mesothelioma cancer is known as thoracentesis.
However, if you are suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma, your abdomen will be tested with the help of a special instrument called the peritoneoscope. An opening will be made into the abdomen and the instrument would be placed inside it. The instrument would detect whether fluid has collected in your abdomen. In such a case, the fluid from your abdomen will again be removed by the doctor in the same process.
You may be suffering from any kinds of mesothelioma cancer. In any case, you should know that as soon as you face any problem, you should go to the doctor for the detection. If your cancer is detected early and if it is treated early, then your chances of survival would increase. Unfortunately, the symptoms of mesothelioma is found late and therefore detected at a very later stage at a time when it is hardly curable. Within one year of detection, in maximum cases, the patients suffering from this type of cancer dies.