Peritoneal mesothelioma cancer develops in the cell walls surrounding the abdomen and stomach. This type of mesothelioma is less common than pleural mesothelioma and occurs in approximately 20% of cases, with fewer than 500 diagnoses each year in the United States.
There are two clinical types of peritoneal mesothelioma, “dry” and “wet.” Dry peritoneal mesothelioma occurs when there are multiple tiny masses or one dominant tumor. Wet peritoneal mesothelioma occurs when there are widespread small nodules. Once mesothelioma cancer develops in the peritoneum, it can spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain, weight loss, bowel obstruction, nausea, shortness of breath, and vomiting.
Patients may receive chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery to treat peritoneal mesothelioma. The average peritoneal mesothelioma patient has a life expectancy of 10 months after being diagnosed.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma or another asbestos disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal consultation by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.