Private hospitals and clinic now offer a range of cancer treatments, even for relatively rare types of cancer such as mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium – a thin membrane that lines the inner surface of the chest wall (where it is known as pleural mesothelioma) and abdomen (where it is termed peritoneal mesothelioma). Although mesothelioma is generally quite rare, pleural mesothelioma is the most common type, occurring approximately 12 times more often than peritoneal mesothelioma. Both forms are slow growing and can take 50 years to develop after exposure to asbestos, the main risk factor. As yet there is no cure, but there are various mesothelioma treatments that can extend life and that can improve quality of life.
This article on private mesothelioma treatment is by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is almost always a result of exposure to asbestos. It can be caused by both short- and long-term exposure to asbestos, affecting people who have worked regularly with asbestos as well as those who live near to asbestos factories, and even the women who have washed the clothes of husbands or sons who’ve worked with asbestos.