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Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal is the second-most common form of this cancer, making up approximately 30 percent of all mesothelioma cases. This cancer attacks the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdomen. The cells in this area help organs move within the chest cavity by secreting a fluid, but with mesothelioma present, these cells over-produce the fluid.


Common signs of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal swelling, weight loss, and bowel obstruction. Any patient with these symptoms should disclose any history of asbestos exposure to their physician to improve the chances of an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment Options

When caught in the cancer's early stages, the condition may be easily treated. However, in many cases, mesothelioma is not caught until the second or third stage, when the condition is harder to deal with. Like with other types of mesothelioma, combinations of chemotherapy, photosensitive therapy, and surgery can result in a lengthened life expectancy for patients. Further research is ongoing in an effort to assist those who are at the highest risk.

To learn more about peritoneal mesothelioma, fill out the form on this page. We will rush you a copy of our mesothelioma packet, which is full of the latest information regarding symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. We can also send you information about legal options. If you were exposed to asbestos for a long period of time and developed mesothelioma as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.

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