Pleural Mesothelioma is the rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. It is the most common form of mesothelioma, cancer of mesothelial tissue.

What is Pleural Mesothelioma?

Pleural Mesothelioma is the rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. It is the most common form of mesothelioma, cancer of mesothelial tissue.

What is the cause of Pleural Mesothelioma?

It is caused by high exposure of asbestos.

Sources of exposure include:

  • Asbestos mines
  • Asbestos processing mines
  • Industrial job sites
  • Areas with active asbestos mines or naturally occurring deposits
  • Military facilities
Other than asbestos it may be caused by:
  • Asbestiform minerals
  • Erionite, a zeolite mineral
  • Taconite, iron formation
  • Non mineral causes:
  • Radiation
  • Chemicals
  • Metals
  • Inflammation

It rarely develops without a specific cause but a few small number of spontaneous cases have been observed in children.

How does asbestos cause Pleural Mesothelioma?

It develops after a person inhales the mineral asbestos. As the fibers pass through the respiratory tract, they become trapped in the lining of the lungs, pleura. Once trapped, the fibers can cause the carcinogenic process that may take some time to cause cancer. The time duration to cause cancer can be anything between 10 to 50 years. This explains why old people suffer more from mesothelioma pleural .

Stages of Pleural Mesothelioma:

There are four stages of Mesothelioma of Pleura which are as under:

Stage 1 : Cancer is only located in the pleural lining of the lungs.

Stage 2 : The cancer has spread to more of the lung, part of the diaphragm, and localized lymph nodes.

Stage 3 : The cancer has metastasized to nearby organs and more lymph nodes

Stage 4 : The cancer has spread to the other organs and all lymph nodes are fully involved.

Pleural Mesothelioma stages

Pleural Mesothelioma stages

What are the symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma?

Symptoms are not noticeable until the late stage of pleural mesothelioma and may include:

  • Persistent dry cough
  • Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
  • Dyspnea (Shortness of breath)
  • Dysphagia (Difficulty in swallowing)
  • Pain in the lower back or rib area
  • Painful breathing
  • Night sweats or fever
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lumps under the skin on the chest

Treatment Options for Pleural Mesothelioma:

Treatment options available for Pleural Mesothelioma include:

  • Surgery
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (EPP)
  • Pleurectomy with Decortication (P/D)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy


There are many factors that play a role in determining prognosis, including:

  • Cell type
  • Stage of cancer
  • Age
  • Overall health
  • Type of treatment received

In the Next Topic We’ll include the treatment of mesothelioma lung cancer.

So now if you have any question or opinion regarding this article then please share your thoughts with us.



Thoughts on “Pleural Mesothelioma" Questions Answers

Dr Simon

Good Article about Pleural mesothelioma, As being a Doctor I can tell you that Asbestos is one and only dangerous material that causes the Pleural mesothelioma, In few days back a new research came that As mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of lung It can Involve the Kideney and Liver as well, But Chris you’ve not shared the complete treatment plan for Pleural mesothelioma. hope to get it for sure.


  1. Yes Dr Simon you are right, Today I’d plan to write about the treatment of pleural mesothelioma…. Thank you your great thoughts regarding peural mesothelioma and asbestos.


    1. Dr Simon
      February 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Yes a detail description of peural mesothelioma treatment would be great if you share it…


      1. Christopher Pelton
        February 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

        Yes I’m now writing the pleural mesothelioma treatment plan stay tune…


      2. Christopher Pelton
        February 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        Hey Dr Simon I’ve shared the Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment Plan for Survival your feedback would be appreciated.

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