What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy that originates from the cells (Mesothelial cells) that compose the thin tissue (serosa) that lines the walls and organs of the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma tumors tend to obstruct lymphatic drainage, spread superficially, and invade the organs they surround. In the majority of cases, the disease originates from the lining of the lung and chest wall (the pleura), and is referred to as Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM). In a minority of cases, the disease can originate from either the lining of the abdominal organs and abdominal wall (the peritoneum) or from in the lining of the heart. The former is called Peritoneal Mesothelioma and the latter is called Pericardial Mesothelioma.

Given the prevalence of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), we provide a more detailed explanation of what this disease is, what its symptoms are, and how mesothelioma treatment is conducted. However, if you would like more information on Peritoneal Mesothelioma or on Pericardial Mesothelioma, please feel free to contact the clinic directly at (713) 798-6376 request more information.  We discuss the mesothelioma survival rate and mesothelioma treatment guidelines as well as mesothelioma prognosis in the information below as well as in the publications section of this MTC website.

The illustration on the left shows a pair of healthy lungs. In the illustration on the right, the left lung is affected with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a cancerous tumor of the pleura. Illustration by Scott Holmes.

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