Diseases & Conditions



Synonyms of Mesothelioma
  • Malignant Mesothelioma

Disorder Subdivisions

    General Discussion
    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the membrane that covers and protects various internal organs of the body (mesothelium). The mesothelium is composed of two layers of specialized cells known as mesothelial cells. One layer directly surrounds an organ; the other forms a protective sac around the organ. The most common form of mesothelioma affects the membrane or sac that lines the lungs (pleura). Other common sites include the membrane lining the stomach (peritoneum) and the membrane lining the heart (pericardium).

    The term cancer refers to a group of diseases characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled cellular growth (e.g., mesothelial cells) that invades surrounding tissues and may spread (metastasize) to distant bodily tissues or organs via the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, or other means. Different forms of cancer, including mesothelioma, may be classified based upon the cell type involved, the specific nature of the malignancy, the tissues or organs affected, and the disease's clinical course. Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending upon the location, type and stage of the cancer. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of cases of mesothelioma result from exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until up to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. However, after symptoms began apparent, mesothelioma may rapidly progress to cause life-threatening complications.

    Organizations related to Mesothelioma
    • American Cancer Society, Inc.
      1599 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30329
      Phone #: 404-320-3333
      800 #: 800-227-2345
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.org
    • American Lung Association
      61 Broadway, 6th Floor
      New York NY 10006
      Phone #: 212-315-8700
      800 #: 800-586-4872
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.lungusa.org
    • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
      1525 Aviation Boulevard
      Redondo Beach CA 90278
      Phone #: 310-480-2989
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org
    • Canadian Cancer Society
      10 Alcorn Avenue
      Toronto None M4V 3B1
      Phone #: (41-6) -961-7223
      800 #: (88-8) -939-3333
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.cancer.ca/
    • Cancer Care, Inc.
      275 Seventh Avenue
      New York NY 10001
      Phone #: 212-302-2400
      800 #: 800-813-4673
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.cancercare.org
    • Cancer.Net
      American Society of Clinical Oncology
      Alexandria VA 22314
      Phone #: 571-483-1780
      800 #: 888-651-3038
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.cancer.net/patient
    • Friends of Cancer Research
      2231 Crystal Drive
      Arlington VA 22202
      Phone #: 703-302-1503
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.focr.org
    • Lance Armstrong Foundation
      PO Box 161550
      Austin TX 78716-1150
      Phone #: 512-236-8820
      800 #: 866-235-7205
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.livestrong.org
    • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Inc.
      3944 State Street
      Santa Barbara CA 93190-1840
      Phone #: 805-563-8400
      800 #: 877-363-6376
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.curemeso.org
    • Mesothelioma Web
      10655 Six Pines Drive
      The Woodlands TX 77380
      Phone #: 877-367-6376
      800 #: 877-367-6376
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.mesotheliomaweb.org
    • National Cancer Institute
      6116 Executive Blvd, MSC 8322, Room 3036A
      Bethesda MD 20892-8322
      Phone #: 301-435-3848
      800 #: 800-422-6237
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.gov
    • Rare Cancer Alliance
      1649 North Pacana Way
      Green Valley AZ 85614
      Phone #: 520-625-5495
      800 #: --
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.rare-cancer.org
    • Wellness Community
      919 18th Street N.W.
      Washington DC 20006
      Phone #: 202-659-9709
      800 #: 888-793-9355
      e-mail: [email protected]
      Home page: http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org

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