Mesothelioma (mez´-o-thee´-lee-oh´-muh) is a rare but aggressive cancer that affects the thin layer of tissue (mesothelium) that lines your lungs, abdomen, heart, and other organs. Mesothelioma most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs (pleura).
For people with known exposure to asbestos, some doctors recommend initial screening with blood tests and imaging tests, such as chest radiography (X-rays) and computed tomography (CT scans).
As with any surgical procedure, operations used to treat mesothelioma can have serious risks and side effects, although these depend on the extent of the surgery and the person’s health beforehand.
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