Malignant mesothelioma is not easy to diagnose. One of the first symptoms that patients experience is a dry cough or a shortness of breath. Most of the patients who have these symptoms receive an initial treatment but the symptoms only go away for a short period of time or not at all.
There are several aspects that influence the diagnosis of the age of the patient, the lack of a clear cause of cancer, the presence/absence of lung masses and the earlier the patient is diagnosed, the more options of treatment he/she has.
In order to diagnose mesothelioma, most of the doctors choose to perform a thoracentesis (drainage of the lung using a needle) but 50% of the tests of this type have a negative result.
Therefore, more aggressive tests are recommended like biopsy or pleuroscopy (camera-assisted biopsy). Imaging techniques like ultrasound, CT and MRI are also helpful but only a tissue sample can lead to a correct diagnosis.
We wanted a resource where people who are looking for better help can find it, because one of the issues that I have found is that the diagnosis takes a little bit, some people don’t know if they are diagnosed or not. This is something that it is important enough, that is why I wanted to put the information together.