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Mesothelioma: Methods of Testing

    Fiction assures us that in the far future, we'll have advanced medical scanners which while looking like a modern CT scan, will be able to instantly diagnose almost any ailment. We're not there yet, and this article isn't about speculating about future medical developments. Today medicine relies upon symptoms and risk factors, then imaging, and lastly, invasive tests. Invasive testing involves surgical insertion of scopes, and removal of cancerous mass for biopsy. This article seeks to explain the basics of testing for mesothelioma, starting with symptoms and risk factors, then into imaging, invasive tests, and the benefits of early detection.

    If doctors constantly tested for every possible illness, mesothelioma included, the costs would be astounding, both in lab fees and in treatment for false positives, so symptoms or risk factors are needed to justify tests. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma such as extreme pain under the ribs, a painful cough, and pressure on the lungs that feels like breathlessness can spur doctors to test. For peritoneal mesothelioma, symptoms like bowel problems, abdominal swelling, and pain can be cause for tests.When a patient has been exposed to asbestos for a long enough time, even if asymptomatic, some doctors will check periodically for the development of the disease.

    Testing for mesothelioma is a process, and moves from imaging at the least invasive, to biopsies to confirm at the most invasive. Unlike in Science Fiction, imaging can only show so much, but when doctors suspect something, it's often where they'll start, usually with a CT scan. When doctors see something on the scan, they may extract a little bit of it surgically after looking around the effected area with a scope. The extracted piece is then examined in a lab, what's also known as a biopsy, to determine if the mass is mesothelioma.

    Quick, accurate and non-invasive testing for mesothelioma could save a lot of lives, given that mesothelioma in it's early stages can barely present symptoms. Most cases of mesothelioma are sadly caught too late, leading to an average survival time of 4-18 months after diagnosis. There's a lucky 5-10 % of people that are able to survive 5 years or more with the illness, some of them surviving far past that point.  Early detection doesn't always save lives, but it usually leads to longer life expectancy, moving median life expectancy into a period of several years rather than a handful of months.

    Without a futuristic medical scanner, modern doctors have to detect mesothelioma the hard way. This article has focused on how they go about testing for mesothelioma, from the justification of testing, to the methodology, to the benefit. Testing is crucial, because early detection improves patient prognosis, and adds valuable months to a human life.



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