Surprisingly enough, one of the rarest forms of Mesothelioma Cancer just so happens to be the most dangerous of the group, it is called pericardial Mesothelioma.
According to a wide range of various research and studies, Pericardial tumors that extend to the vast size that they do, makes up for only 10% of the reported mesothelioma cases. What this specifically is saying is that 14% to 30% out of every million individuals are diagnosed annually with Pericardial Mesothelioma.
An Honest Silent Killer
One of the most upsetting statistics regarding this unfortunate disease is that an astonishing three-quarters of the diagnosis’ which had been made were actually confirmed after the patient has passed away. This fact alone is what states how confusing and tragic this silent killer can be. It’s development is alarmingly slow and when the patient begins to feel symptoms of an ailment, they are usually immediately passed off as a pulmonary disorder.
Pericardial mesothelioma had obtained its title from the precise area region of the body where it is located, the pericardium. This is the double-walled protector around the heart and it is also keep the arteries and the nearby veins from suffering any major jolts or disruptions.
Slow but Very Aggressive
Any time that a mesothelioma tumor develops in the cavity of the pericardium, it can take over a very long time to manifest into its fatal form. It will slowly become malignant and after a little more time, it will then spread to some of the other parts of the abdomen and chest. When it reaches this particular phase, it will develop to the point that it will cause destructive and all too many times fatal effects to the heart and the lungs.
Most cases of pericardial mesothelioma which have been formally diagnosed, are typically recognized when the disease will have most likely spread to lymph nodes that are within the same vicinity as the lungs. There are different types of surgeries to make an attempt in removing the tumor as a whole but as of late, focus has been made on eliminating sections of the tumor at a time. The decision regarding the official plan of treatment will come down to what the patient’s physician ultimately thinks.
For the most part, a treatment that is considered most effective for a patience will more times than not extend the overall life expectancy of the patient. After a patient has gotten their official diagnosis, studies show that they will have at least 8-18 months to live. Patients who are more fortunate have around a 30% chance of surviving up to 5 years.
Of course, every person will have a varied prognosis of their pericardial mesothelioma, depending on factors such as age, lifestyle and diet and matters like if the person happens to be a heavy smoker or not. If a person who falls in the age range of 50, exercises and diets regularly and has not had a history of any major diseases, they will likely receive a better prognosis than those people who on average do not.