Children with Mesothelioma

Can be worrying when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer is often an uphill battle and sad, not only for the child, but also for their parents and their families, who have a problem accepting the disease and deal with the repercussions of a serious illness in the child.There are several support structures available, not only for patients of the children, but for all family members and loved ones.
 While children are often afraid and naive as to the seriousness of an incurable disease is likely, and also tend to possess the power of the human
spirit that is hard to find in other older individuals. It is clear that there is enough inspiration to be found in the millions of children who have overcome cancer already to inspire hope for the future and healing.Been reported only 15 cases of this disease in young people or children in the United States between 2000 and 2005. Because this is a rare type of cancer is even rarer in children, and a few case studies provide a scientific vision to see the reasons for the child or young adult would develop mesothelioma.

How does a child get mesothelioma?
Kids can experiment with direct exposure to Asbestos in the home. This happens when there is a damaged or worn asbestos fibers that are released into the air from the isolation of old or other building materials of old, the child inhales the fibers, which will become subsequently settled in the chest or abdominal area, which eventually led to the formation of a cancer tumor mesothelioma.
Children can also suffer from secondary exposure. This happens when someone else in the family and working with asbestos - which is rare, and brings toxic dust on their clothes or in their hair. The child can breathe in, and these fibers, which leads ultimately to the patients due to exposure to this dangerous asbestos.But the relationship between Asbestos and mesothelioma for children relationship is very weak. Where researchers believe that exposure to Asbestos during childhood may increase a person's risk for respiratory diseases later in life, but that direct exposure to asbestos is unlikely to cause mesothelioma cancer quickly enough in order to appear when the person is still children or young adults. Latency period for mesothelioma - in the period between exposure and diagnosis - is 25 to 50 years.

Diagnosis of the disease in children.
Children who develop mesothelioma often show them the same Symptoms in adults and the elderly who suffer from this disease. Some initial symptoms include pleural effusion, and loss of appetite, abdominal pain and weight loss.As a result of a study by Dr. Cesar Moran at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and most children are diagnosed with the disease who develop mesothelioma with peritoneal rather than pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common in adults. This is one of the reasons many diagnostic tests are necessary. "You have to test immune system to make sure you do not deal with the last tumor that has spread to the peritoneum," Moran points out in his report.

Treatment of children suffering from mesothelioma.
There are very few cases of children who suffer from this disease, and there really is no standard protocol for treatment when they occur at such a young age. As with adults, usually oncologists recommended chemotherapy or radiation, and may refer to surgery as a palliative. Unfortunately, children who suffer from cancer mesothelioma face a very bad prognosis. Dr. Cesar Moran believes that the more treatment options as they appear for mesothelioma adults, and children who suffer from this disease to take advantage of these results as well, and may face a better prognosis in the near future.


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