Mesothelioma Symptoms Amid Coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you have symptoms you suspect may be malignant mesothelioma but are delaying diagnosis out of fear of COVID-19, you are not alone. Doctors around the world have seen patients cancelling appointments, delaying much-needed surgeries and even skipping life-extending chemotherapy sessions because they don’t want to risk exposure to the virus. Though doing so makes sense for well checkups, for those who have a known or suspected exposure to asbestos, waiting for an examination may be a deadly decision. Fortunately, the Patient Advocates at are able to offer assistance.

If You Have Any of These Symptoms of Mesothelioma, Contact Us Immediately

These days, the idea of entering a doctor’s office, hospital, or even a pharmacy seems fraught with danger, but getting mesothelioma symptoms checked out is not something that can be postponed. The asbestos-related disease is known for how challenging it is to treat, and much of this difficulty is due to its long latency period: Mesothelioma tumors grow and spread silently for years, so when symptoms do arise, it is usually far advanced and in need of immediate treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below but are hesitant about leaving the safety of your home, we can help:

Symptoms of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (the type of mesothelioma that attacks the pleura, the lining of tissue that surrounds the lungs)

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Symptoms of Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma (the type of mesothelioma that affects the lining of the organs in the abdomen called the peritoneum)

  • Buildup of fluids
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion

If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, whether in an occupational setting or through an asbestos-contaminated household product such as talcum powder, you are at risk. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the most important thing you can do to improve your health, extend your survival time and maintain your quality of life is to get diagnosed as quickly as possible. 

The knowledgeable Patient Advocates at are available to help arrange for you to be safely connected to a mesothelioma specialist for assessment of your symptoms, as well as to provide you with other essential resources.  For more information, contact us today at  1-800-692-8608.

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the head writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victims’ stories.

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