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Is mesothelioma of the lung and pleura different than that of the abdomen? Are they treated differently?
AnswerJoe Friedberg, MD, Thoracic Surgeon at Penn Medicine, responds:
Mesothelioma in the abdomen is termed peritoneal mesothelioma. It is a much less common location for mesothlioma to present than the lining of the lung, which is termed pleural mesothelioma. Although pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma may look the same under the microscope, they are different diseases - both in treatment and general prognosis.
Learn more about treatments for peritoneal mesothelioma on the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation website. You may also be interested in the information presented at the Focus on Mesothelioma Conference.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Focus on Mesothelioma transcript.
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