What is Mesothelioma?
The tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs is called mesothelium. Mesothelioma (me-zoe-thee-lee-O-muh) is a tumor of that tissue. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer.
What is Malignant Mesothelioma?
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs (mesothelium). Mesothelioma treatments are available, but for many people diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cure is not possible. Doctors divide mesothelioma into different types based on what part of the mesothelium is affected. It most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs (pleura). This type is called pleural malignant mesothelioma. Other, rarer types of mesothelioma affect tissue in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), around the heart and around the testicles. Mesothelioma doesn’t include a form of noncancerous (benign) tumor that occurs in the chest and is sometimes called benign mesothelioma or solitary fibrous tumor.