Mesothelioma Symptoms

Signs of mesothelioma can vary, depending on the type and the stage of the disease. If you have mesothelioma, you may have shortness of breath and chest pain. You may also have weight loss, a cough and a lack of appetite.

The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of the disease, are similar to a number of other respiratory diseases. However, anyone with a history of asbestos exposure should seek medical attention immediately if exhibiting any of the symptoms.

If you suspect you have mesothelioma and need a doctor specializing in asbestos-related injuries in New York State or elsewhere, see our listing of mesothelioma doctors.

Here are the symptoms commonly associated with each type of mesothelioma:

Pleural Mesothelioma thorax

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Pleural effusion (buildup of fluid)
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite

Peritoneal Mesothelioma abdomen

  • Ascites (buildup of abdominal fluid)
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Pericardial Mesothelioma

  • Extreme chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Constant and acute coughing

Tunica Vaginalis Mesothelioma

With so few documented cases of this cancer, little is known about the symptoms. However, medical articles detailing specific cases point to a testicular mass as the predominant symptom.