What is Mesothelioma Cancer?
Mesothelioma is a cancer that comes from the cells that line the chest or the abdominal cavities.
Commonly known as the cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma does not always have to be associated with asbestos.
The term mesothelioma is actually independent of any connection with the word asbestos.
“Meso” refers to the Middle while “thelioma” refers to a tumor in the cellular tissue. Nothing refers to asbestos in the term mesothelioma.
To actually call Mesothelioma, Mesothelioma Cancer is inaccurate as it is just simply Mesothelioma.
If the Mesothelioma is suspected to be affecting the chest, docctors use special tools to view inside the chest. The main tools used is called a Thoracoscope (a scope for the Thoracic region).
If the Mesothelioma is found to be in the abdomen, then a tool called the peritoneoscope is used. “peritoneo-” refers to the peritoneum which is the tissue or membrane that lines or is surrounding the abdominal and pelvic walls.
Once Mesothelioma is suspected, Doctors will take a biopsy of the spot and look at the cells under a microscope comparing them to normal healthy meso cells.
Mesothelioma, if diagnosed, does not have to a death sentence.
Actually, if you attack it right, Mesothelioma should be a life sentence. A Life awakening if you will.
It’s your chance to make amends with anything you maybe have let slide by the wayside and to start to put good into the world.
Acting like each day may be your last, can be life changing for people with or without Mesothelioma.
Now I’m not playing down Mesothelioma by any means, but remember the point of this blog is to help anyone who has had any sort of cancer scare.
It is essential that you keep and optimistic and upbeat outlook and reduce all stressors because, believe it or not, cancer can be cured and you have just a good chance of curing yours as the guy standing next to you.
Give yourself a running start by learning all you can about cellular healing and give your body a chance to do it’s thing, which is to get rid of intruders and build you those healthy cells that you will need to fight off these little mesothelioma cells.
What is Mesothelioma?
Generally it is a very rare form of malignant cancer the comes from the cells lining the sacs in the chest going out of control. They can also be found in the tissues of the abdomen.
The most common type of mesothelioma is called Pleural mesothelioma.
So what are the types of Mesothelioma?
- Plueral Mesothelioma
- Periotoneal Mesothelioma
- Pericardial Mesothelioma
Each type above is a type of cancer in the cell lining of something.
The prefix gives us clues as to what is affected by the particular cancer.
Pleural Mesothelioma, the most common form of this type of cancer is a cancer that affects the chest.
Pleura refers to the membrane around the lungs.
Lungs are very thin tissue and very sensitive. The lung tissue is so thin because thousands of capillaries (small vessels) exchange oxygen and carbon with the air that you inhale.
The membranes surround these areas in your body must be thin in order for the elements that keep us going (Carbon and Oxygen being the top ones) can be exchanged without being disrupted.
Although they are atomic molecules, they still require thin membranes in order to be transferred in and out of the body.
When mesothelioma occurs, the cell linings do not work as they should and are not able to take up oxygen as needed or release the carbon waste that our bodies create from metabolic reactions.
In order to survive, our bodies MUST be able to access energy from the food that we intake.
If we do not have a mechanism to get free oxygen gas then we have lost a mechanism to get energy from the food we take in.
Oxygen is needed to break the bonds between Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen in the molecule known as glucose.
Within the glucose molecule (which is what we get from food) is housed the biological form of energy called ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate).
Once the energy is released in the form of ATP our body is able to use it for energy and metabolic processes such as cell building and movement.
Just as oxygen is needed to help up get access to ATP, Oxygen is also used as a carrier of the carbon that is a by product of many of our cellular processes.
(Are you remembering your high school biology class now? This is one of the reasons you had to learn it)
Carbon attaches to the oxygen to form Carbon Dioxide and this gas then builds up in your body and leaves when the pressure inside becomes greater than the pressure outside of your body.
This is how breathing is “automatic” It is just a system of pressure building that gets released all your life long.
If your cells or the membranes that are a part of this process are damaged or missing, you can not get rid of wastes and by products in your body and your body essentially can become more poison to itself and become starved of oxygen.
Your body responds to the lack of Cellular Respiration (the process of breaking down glucose to access ATP) by not being able to do as much.
After all, you can only physically do what your body can keep up with. ..so if you’re down on the count for cells that can help the cellular respiration process occur more frequently, then you will tire more frequently because the cells you have have to work harder (in essence), you are more “Poisoned” with waste material and you are not getting ATP at the normal rate.
All of this leads to lethargy and makes it harder for your body to recover and repair and fight off the out of control cancer cells that want to take over.
So REST and NO STRESS is essential in your battle against a cancer like Mesothelioma or any cancer for that matter.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma is cancer of the lining of the abdomen. It can encase and affect all organs in the abdomen.
Often accompanied by the following symptoms, peritoeal mesothelioma is much less common than Pleural Mesothelioma.
- Abdominal Swelling
- Bowel Obstruction
Pleural Mesothelioma makes up 10 to 20% of the Mesotheliomas.
The membrane that surrounds the heart is called the pericardium.
As you can imagine, this very rare cancer is very scary as the heart is one thing that gives us constant life and is our main life source.
Cardial cells are among the first cells made in our zygote stage and have been working with their methodical beats since the moment they were created.
To have a cancer intrude on their territory is terrifying and scary and no one but those who have been diagnosed with pericardium mesothelioma will ever know the amount of worry and disdain that one can get from such a diagnosis.
But we have the option to choose how we react to such blows in life.
How will you live the rest of your life?
Will you live in worry, disdain and pain?
Or will you live in joy, gratitude and in a giving way?
YOU have the power to chose and to follow through with your decision.