The symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on whether it is in the pleura or peritoneum.
If you have any of the symptoms listed below, it is important to get them checked by your GP. These symptoms can be caused by conditions other than mesothelioma.
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The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include:
- swelling in the tummy (abdomen)
- tummy pain
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- feeling sick (nausea)
- changes in your normal bowel function, for example constipation or diarrhoea – especially if you are aged over 50 and this develops for the first time.
Below is a sample of the sources used in our mesothelioma information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woolhouse I et al. British Thoracic Society Guideline for the investigation and management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Thorax. 2018.
Thomas A et al. Mesothelioma. BMJ Best Practice. 2019.
Baas P et al. Malignant pleural mesothelioma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of Oncology. 26 (Supplement 5): v31–v39. 2015. Available from: www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26223247
Kusamara S et al. Peritoneal mesothelioma: PSOGI/EURACAN clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. European Journal of Surgical Oncology. March 2020.
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