Lung Cancer vs. Mesothelioma
Many of our clients wonder "What is the difference between lung cancer and mesothelioma?" The short answer is that while both lung cancer and mesothelioma affect the lungs the do so in different ways.
Lung cancer generally involves cancerous tumors or masses within the lung itself while mesothelioma is a disease that affects the cells of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects the internal organs of the body such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, liver and pancreas. Mesothelioma can affect various parts of the body. However, the most commonly affected part of the body is the pleura, a sac surrounding the lungs containing the mesothelium. When this part of the body is affected it is called pleural mesothelioma. While pleural mesothelioma is the most common form, there are other types of mesothelioma (while lung cancer is exclusively affecting the lungs) such as:
- Peritoneal mesothelioma (a rarer form)
- Pericardial mesothelioma (very rare)
- Testicular mesothelioma (very rare)
Another major difference between mesothelioma and lung cancer is how the disease affects healthy cells. Mesothelioma is a diffuse malignancy, meaning the separation between healthy tissue and cancerous tissue is very blurry. This is why mesothelioma is so difficult to treat. Lung cancer generally involves isolated cancerous tumors or masses within the organ and hence chemotherapy, radiation and surgery (removal of tumors) are more effective, since there are targeted "masses."
However, both lung cancer and mesothelioma share something in common because both can be caused by exposure to asbestos.
Consult with one of our experienced lawyers at our nationwide mesothelioma law firm today to discuss your legal rights.
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