Mesothelioma is usually discovered when a patient visits the doctor in response to several common symptoms. Many of the symptoms are so general that patients often wait until their health problems have persisted for a few months
The first symptoms of the disease can resemble pneumonia – shortness of breath, persistent cough, along with pain in the chest and abdomen. Often, there will be an accumulation of fluid in the affected area, called an effusion.
The most common types of mesothelioma symptoms include the following:
- Pain in the lower back or side
- Shortness of breath that occurs even when at rest
- Painful breathing
- Persistent dry or raspy cough
- Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swelling of the face and arms
- Coughing up blood
- Appearance of lumps under the skin on the chest
If you suspect these symptoms, consult your doctor.