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Types of mesothelioma

Every mesothelioma patient is different. The cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) have extensive experience in properly staging and diagnosing the disease, and developing a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific type of mesothelioma.

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The various types of mesothelioma are often named for the cavity that it develops in. When cancer develops in:

  • The outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, it is called pleural mesothelioma.
  • The lining of the abdominal cavity, it is called peritoneal mesothelioma.
  • The space surrounding the heart, it is called pericardial mesothelioma.
  • The lining that surrounds the testicles, it is called testicular mesothelioma.

The most common mesothelioma type is pleural mesothelioma, which accounts for approximately three out of every four cases. Both pericardial mesothelioma and testicular mesothelioma are extremely rare forms of the disease.

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