A mesothelioma is a tumor occurring in the mesothelium. It can be malignant or benign. The causes of mesothelioma can vary. The treatments may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. People with mesothelioma may have symptoms such as trouble with breathing, chest pain, painful swelling or lumps in the abdomen, fever and weight loss without obvious cause.
A mesothelioma is a tumor which occurs in the thin layer of tissue covering the majority of the internal organs. This thin layer of tissue is called the mesothelium. A mesothelioma is most common around the lungs, but can also occur in the heart and abdominal organs. Initially, it may be benign (not cancerous). Unfortunately the malignant (cancerous) version in the lungs is the most common one.
The causes of mesothelioma include: 1) Working with asbestos: asbestos is a group of minerals made up of thin microscopic fibers. If the tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be inhaled or swallowed, which may lead to serious health problems. A long time (20-40 years) after exposition to a higher amount of asbestos a mesothelioma may develop. This is the most common cause of a pleural mesothelioma of the lung nowadays. 2) Radiation: some research has shown that exposure to high doses of radiation may lead to mesothelioma. 3) Genetic factors. Common symptoms of a mesothelioma are breathing issues such as shortness of breath, pain, coughing (even with bloody sputum), and pleural effusion. Besides, general symptoms such as mild fever, fatigue and loss of weight are also often found.
The treatments for mesothelioma may include radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy. Firstly, the surgeries indicated for mesothelioma may include a pleurectomy and decortication, extrapleural pneumonectomy, wide local excision and pleurodesis. Secondly, radiation therapy may be indicated which will destroy additional cancer cells and hopefully prevent recurrence. Lastly, chemotherapy with medications can further inhibit the growth of mesothelioma cells or even eradicate them.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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