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What Are the Symptoms of Malignant Mesothelioma?

Usually, there are no symptoms in the early stages of this cancer. Symptoms may appear when the cancer is more advanced. Symptoms depend on where the malignant mesothelioma is located. This is a list of symptoms for all types and stages of this cancer:

  • Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, especially if there is a recent change in the amount of walking or exercising you can do

  • Coughing

  • Fever

  • Lumps in the belly

  • Muscle weakness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pain or swelling in the belly

  • Pain under the rib cage or in the chest

  • Swallowing problems

  • Tiredness

  • Weight loss for no reason

  • Hoarseness

  • Problems with blood clotting

  • Low level of red blood cells (anemia)

  • Night sweats

  • Fever

Although these are symptoms of malignant mesothelioma, they may also be signs of other less serious medical problems. If you have any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Welch, Annette, MNS, OCN
Date Last Reviewed: 12/24/2013
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