What is Mesothelioma?
This is a cancer of mesothelial tissue. It is a cancer of the mesothelium, a protective membrane that lines most of the body's internal organs. Three out of every four cases cases of mesothelioma disease begin in the pleural mesothelium of the chest cavity.
Regardless of where they originate, malignant cells from the mesothelium can invade and damage nearby tissues
The mesothelium has different names in different parts of the body
- The coats the lungs and the space in the chest containing the lungs.
- The lines the inside of the abdomen and many of the organs in the abdomen.
- The covers the heart and creates the space that holds the heart in the chest.
- The lines the testicles.
Mesothelial tumors can start in any of these linings. These tumors can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).