Mesothelioma, a type of tumor of the pleura

Written by: Dr. José Maestre Alcácer
Published: | Updated: 14/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The pleura is a serous membrane of mesodermal origin that lines both lungs, mediastinum, diaphragm and the inside of the rib cage.

tumor of pleura The tumor is most frequently pleura mesothelioma. Although, it can also occur in other organs such as the peritoneum, pericardium, etc.

As specialists say Thoracic Surgery , most commonly, pleural metastasis arising from another cancer that has spread from another organ to the pleura arise.

Its main cause is the inhalation of asbestos so it is considered a disease of professional type, but have also been described by asbestos causes. The cigarette is not related to these tumors.

The main symptom of pleural mesothelioma tumor is dyspnea, which may be caused by obstruction of a bronchus or pleural effusion, which is a hallmark of this disease. Some other more specific symptoms are weight loss and pain.


Pleura tumor treatments

The main treatment used in this type of tumors is chemotherapy pleura. Although surgery, whenever possible, it is a very effective treatment. Pleural tumors are a type of tumor sensitive to chemotherapy with good response and disease control for a long time.


Prevention of tumor of the pleura

The only way to prevent this disease is the proper use of the security measures put in place for patients working in contact with asbestos.

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Dr. José Maestre Alcácer

By Dr. José Maestre Alcácer
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Maestre Alcacer, emphasizes his experience in surgery for lung cancer in advanced stages, with the first surgeons to work together with Medical Oncology applying preoperative chemotherapy in these patients. Also highlights their experience in tracheal pathology. Currently she holds thoracic surgeon at the Oncology Institute Dr. Rosell Dexeus University Hospital Chiron.

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