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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer, it is associated with exposure to asbestos.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos and glass particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. Secondhand exposure of asbestos such as washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can put a person at risk for developing mesotheliom.

The symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to fluid buildup in the chest cavity,  pain, and weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected with chest X-ray, CT scan, and MRI and is confirmed with a biopsy.

Mesothelioma treatment is best when approached in a multidisciplinary manner, with the involvement of multiple specialists. Dr. Khwaja has been treating patients with mesothelioma, including performing surgery for biopsy, treatment, and palliative. Dr. Khwaja has performed VATS, minimally invasive surgery, to perform biopsy for mesothelioma. In patients who are deemed to be suitable, Dr. Khwaja has performed surgery for mesothelioma, such as extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) or pleurectomy. For patients with advanced cases where they suffer from repeated built up of fluid in the chest, Dr. Khwaja has helped these patients with pleurdesis and insertion of catheter for easier drainage.