Testicular mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane lining that covers the testicle. This rare disease accounts for less than 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Typical mesothelioma patients can trace their disease to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos dust or fibers while most testicular cancer patients have no history of asbestos exposure. This type of mesothelioma cancer is often a secondary tumor.
There is a shortage of research about the testicular type mesothelioma because it is so rare. Despite that, men with this type of cancer are given a better prognosis than most people with other forms of mesothelioma cancer, about 20 to 23 months.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Due to the rarity of this disease, there is no recognized set of symptoms for testicular mesothelioma cancer. This cancer is often mistaken for more common ailments such as a hernia, so many testicular mesothelioma patients initially receive a wrong diagnosis. Typically, testicular mesothelioma is only properly diagnosed during surgery.
The most common symptom is a buildup of fluid in the scrotum, and men may notice a swollen testicle.
Testicular mesothelioma treatment typically involves removal of a portion of one testicle, or even an entire testicle if necessary, depending on the extent of the cancer. Treatment may be followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells.
Because this type of cancer is often a secondary tumor, with the primary tumor located within the peritoneum (the membrane lining the abdominal cavity), treatment may not be as simple as removing testicular tumors. In these cases, the primary tumors must be treated as well.
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