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Malignant Mesothelioma: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma often does not cause symptoms in its early stages. Many times, this type of cancer does not cause symptoms until it’s advanced. Symptoms depend on where the cancer is located.

Pleural mesothelioma (in the chest) can cause symptoms such as:

  • Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath

  • Coughing

  • Chest pain

  • Fever

  • Trouble swallowing

  • Losing weight without trying

  • Feeling tired

  • Hoarseness

Peritoneal mesothelioma (in the abdomen) can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain in your belly

  • Swelling or fluid in your belly

  • Losing weight without trying

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Constipation

  • Fever

  • Tiredness

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms can be caused by other health problems. But it’s important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have mesothelioma.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Levin, Mark, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016
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