What is the meaning of the word “Pleura”?

Pleura is the general name given to the mesothelium that lines the chest cavity.  Mesothelium surrounds the lungs and other organs.  The mesothelium layer that surrounds the lungs is called the visceral pleura.  The mesothelium layer inside the chest wall is called the parietal pleura.  And the space found between these layers is called the pleural space.

visceral pleura parietal pleura

What types of Mesothelioma are there?

malignant mesothelioma
malignant mesothelioma

And what makes them different?

There are four types of Mesothelioma which include:

Mesothelioma cancer generally affects the mesothelial tissue lining of the body’s main three largest cavities: 1) the lung cavity (the pleura), 2) the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) , and 3) the heart sac (pericardium).   So, the type of malignant mesothelioma is named after the section of the mesothelium that it affects.

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Mesothelioma Day: the September 26th Resolution

Mesothelimoa Day — September 26, 2010

This year, MesoRFA produced a resolution for the nation and officially launched a campaign to raise national public awareness about mesothelioma cancer and the need of more financial support to fund the research for a cure.  There is so much more research to be completed and comparatively little support from the Government specifically for treatments and a cure to mesothelioma.  There just is not enough public awareness to get the Government’s focus on this issue.

Let us show you the numbers that highlight the urgent need to raise more money for mesothelioma research, which is the sole purpose of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America.

Join with us to help make your city government aware of Mesothelioma with its declaration in support of this special day.  You can facilitate this movement and make September 26, 2011 the greatest awareness day.   Here’s how: MesoRFA Resolution for Mesothelioma Awareness Day

What is Mesothelioma?

diagnosis of mesothelioma lung cancer
Mesothelioma cancerous tumor types

Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumor that comes from the cells of the mesothelium.  The mesothelium is a thin protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, including the lungs.  The mesothelium has two layers with fluid producing mesothelial cells between these layers.  The fluid has a lubricating effect that allows moving organs like the heart and lungs to slide and move easily among other internal body parts with little friction.

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