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    Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma

    National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Synonyms

    • Malignant Mesothelioma

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the membrane that covers and protects various internal organs of the body (mesothelium). The mesothelium is composed of two layers of specialized cells known as mesothelial cells. One layer directly surrounds an organ; the other forms a protective sac around the organ. The most common form of mesothelioma affects the membrane or sac that lines the lungs (pleura). Other common sites include the membrane lining the stomach (peritoneum) and the membrane lining the heart (pericardium).

    The term "cancer" refers to a group of diseases characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled cellular growth (e.g., mesothelial cells) that invades surrounding tissues and may spread (metastasize) to distant bodily tissues or organs via the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, or other means. Different forms of cancer, including mesothelioma, may be classified based upon the cell type involved, the specific nature of the malignancy, the tissues or organs affected, and the disease's clinical course. Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending upon the location, type and stage of the cancer. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of cases of mesothelioma result from exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until up to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. However, after symptoms began apparent, mesothelioma may rapidly progress to cause life-threatening complications.

    Resources

    American Cancer Society, Inc.
    250 Williams NW St
    Ste 6000
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    USA
    Tel: (404)320-3333
    Tel: (800)227-2345
    TDD: (866)228-4327
    Internet: http://www.cancer.org

    American Lung Association
    1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20004
    USA
    Tel: (202)785-3355
    Fax: (202)452-1805
    Tel: (800)586-4872
    Email: info@lungusa.org
    Internet: http://www.lungusa.org

    National Cancer Institute
    6116 Executive Blvd Suite 300
    Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
    USA
    Tel: (301)435-3848
    Tel: (800)422-6237
    TDD: (800)332-8615
    Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.cancer.gov

    PMP Pals' Network
    P.O. Box 6484
    Salinas, CA 93912
    Tel: (831)424-4545
    Fax: (831)424-4545
    Email: pmppals@yahoo.com
    Internet: http://www.pmppals.org

    Canadian Cancer Society
    55 St. Clair Avenue West Suite 500
    Toronto, M4V 2Y7
    Canada
    Tel: 4164885400
    Fax: 4164882872
    Tel: 8002688874
    Email: webmaster@ontario.cancer.ca
    Internet: http://www.cancer.ca/

    Cancer Care, Inc.
    275 Seventh Avenue
    New York, NY 10001
    Tel: (212)712-8400
    Fax: (212)719-0263
    Tel: (800)813-4673
    Email: info@cancercare.org
    Internet: http://www.cancercare.org

    Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Inc.
    1317 King Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    USA
    Tel: (805)563-8400
    Fax: (805)563-8411
    Tel: (877)363-6376
    Email: info@curemeso.org
    Internet: http://www.curemeso.org

    Rare Cancer Alliance
    1649 North Pacana Way
    Green Valley, AZ 85614
    USA
    Internet: http://www.rare-cancer.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
    1525 Aviation Boulevard Suite 318
    Redondo Beach, CA 90278
    Tel: (310)251-7477
    Fax: (866)294-1550
    Email: info@AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org
    Internet: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

    Friends of Cancer Research
    1800 M Street NW
    Suite 1050 South
    Washington, DC 22202
    Tel: (202)944-6700
    Email: info@focr.org
    Internet: http://www.focr.org

    Cancer.Net
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    2318 Mill Road Suite 800
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Tel: (571)483-1780
    Fax: (571)366-9537
    Tel: (888)651-3038
    Email: contactus@cancer.net
    Internet: http://www.cancer.net/

    Cancer Support Community
    1050 17th St NW Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20036
    Tel: (202)659-9709
    Fax: (202)974-7999
    Tel: (888)793-9355
    Internet: http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/

    Lance Armstrong Foundation
    2201 E. Sixth Street
    Austin, TX 78702
    Tel: (512)236-8820
    Fax: (512)236-8482
    Tel: (877)236-8820
    Email: media@livestrong.org
    Internet: http://www.livestrong.org

    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

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    Last Updated:  5/20/2008
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