Complications From Mesothelioma and Mesothelioma Treatment

After mesothelioma develops, complications can arise. Complications can arise due to the illness itself or due to treatment. Because mesothelioma usually affects the pleural mesothelium, respiratory complications are the most common complications from mesothelioma. However, apart from respiratory complications, there are many other complications that mesothelioma patients experience. This article discusses some of the other complications patients experience from mesothelioma and some of the complications patients experience from treatment.

Complications From Mesothelioma

The following are some other possible complications from mesothelioma;

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is also a common complication that arises after a mesothelioma diagnosis. This complication can also be referred to as dyspnea. Just as the name suggests, this complication arises when a mesothelioma patient experiences difficulties in breathing. It arises when a patient finds it hard to breathe the way they used to before they got sick.

So, why do people diagnosed with mesothelioma find it difficult to breathe? The growth of tumors on the pleural lining can prevent a patient from taking full breaths.

Pleural Effusion

This is a common complication for patients suffering from pleural mesothelioma.  Pleural effusion occurs when fluid builds up between the pleural lining of the lungs. This fluid compresses the lungs and makes breathing difficult or even painful.

Pleural effusion is also a potential complication of mesothelioma treatment.

Pericardial Effusion

This complication arises when there is a build-up of fluid in the pericardium. When the pericardium is injured or diseased, it can result in excess fluid building up in it. Fortunately, this can be resolved with surgery. However, it can be a recurring issue.

Pericardial effusion is also a potential complication of mesothelioma treatment.

Rounded Atelectasis

This complication occurs when the lung partially collapses or folds. When the lung folds or collapses partially, air goes into the pleural space and builds up pressure against the lungs. Pleural effusion and pleural thickening often trigger this complication.

Collapsed Lung

A collapsed lung can also be referred to as pneumothorax. This complication is more serious than the “rounded atelectasis” complication. Fortunately, it is rare for mesothelioma patients to have to deal with a fully collapsed lung. It is estimated that less than ten percent of mesothelioma patients experience this complication.

Complications From Mesothelioma Treatment

There are various treatment options for mesothelioma.   So, even though there is still no cure for this cancer, patients can live longer with the help of specialists. However, at times complications arise from treatment. It is crucial for mesothelioma patients to be open with their doctors so they can reduce or avoid the risk of complications.

The following are some possible complications from different types of mesothelioma treatment;


  • Lung collapse
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Chest wall pain
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Bronchial air leaks
  • Hemothorax or Pneumothorax


  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakened immune system
  • Pneumonitis


  • Skin irritation
  • Chronic radiation fibrosis


  • Pneumonitis

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