Symptoms of mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on whether it is in the pleura or peritoneum.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to get them checked by your GP. These symptoms can be caused by conditions other than mesothelioma.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma

The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain that feels heavy, dull or aching
  • a high temperature (fever)
  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • a cough that does not go away
  • heavy sweating at night.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma

The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include:

  • swelling in the tummy (abdomen)
  • tummy pain
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss feeling sick (nausea) changes to your normal bowel habit, for example constipation or diarrhoea – especially if you are aged over 50 and this develops for the first time.

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