Understanding pleural mesothelioma

Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. This section provides an overview of what cancer is.

  • What is cancer?

    Cancer is a disease of our cells. Sometimes cells go wrong and become abnormal. These cancer cells keep dividing to make more and more abnormal cells.

  • What is pleural mesothelioma?

    Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in the pleura, the lining that covers the lungs and lines the ribcage.

  • Signs and symptoms

    Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include fever, breathlessness, chest pain, a persistent cough and weight loss.