Malignant Mesothelioma

What is malignant mesothelioma? It is cancer that forms in the lining of the chest or abdomen. It is an uncommon form of cancer and is associated with exposure to asbestos particles. In most cases, the onset of malignant mesothelioma does not occur until many years after exposure to asbestos, sometimes as many as 60 years.

How often does it occur? Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the United States.

What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our thoracic cancer experts are specialists in treating malignant mesothelioma, working with patients and their families to develop a customized treatment plan. This treatment might include the latest in diagnostic and treatment options, such as:

  • impedance phenometry
  • pH testing
  • super dimension lung biopsies
  • simultaneous endoscopic and endobronchial ultrasound to stage lymph nodes