Mesothelioma symptoms are rarely felt until the disease has developed into an
advanced stage. Even when symptoms are felt, people often tolerate them for
some time before they seek medical assistance. For instance, it's easy to shrug off
shortness of breath as being out of shape, or a chronic cough as a bad cold or
allergies. More obvious symptoms, such as coughing up blood or dyspnea
(difficulty breathing), may occur before medical advice is asked for.
Common Mesothelioma symptoms include:
● Constant chest pain,
● Chronic cough that worsens over time,
● Coughing up blood (hemoptysis),
● Dyspnea (difficulty breathing),
● Lung infection (pneumonia, bronchitis),
● Shortness of breath,
● Swollen lymph nodes,
● Loss of appetite and weight loss, and
Wheezing, lung infection, chest pain, or other symptoms
Wheezing, lung infection, chest pain, or other symptoms can indicate a number of medical conditions other
than lung cancer and require professional diagnosis. Dyspnea and coughing up blood are alarming
symptoms and require immediate medical attention.
Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of infection. The lymphatic system is the primary response system to
infections. Malignant cancer cells can also enter the lymphatic system, causing the nodes to swell, and
travel to more distant parts of the body, causing the cancer to spread rapidly.
There are other lung cancer symptoms in addition to the primary symptoms. Some of the following may
not appear to do much with the respiratory system but in combination with other symptoms can indicate
● Bone pain and tenderness,
● Breast development in men,● Weakness,
● Speech difficulties or changes (i.e., hoarsness),
● Droopy eyelids,
● Swelling of the face and neck,
● Joint pain and swelling,
● Muscle weakness,
● Pale or bluish skin, and
● Speech difficulties.
The vague nature of many of these symptoms (wheezing, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain) shows the
need for a reliable screening process for people in high-risk groups. Research has yet to develop a safe,
effective screening tool, but clinical trials are making process.