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Malignant mesothelioma

Pleural cancer

A mesothelioma is a malignant tumour that develops on the pleura (lung lining), often caused by asbestos exposure


A malignant mesothelioma is a cancerous tumour that usually forms on the pleura (lung lining). It's often brought on by asbestos exposure, although there is generally a long delay between the original exposure and the tumour developing. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating mesothelioma.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of malignant mesothelioma icon plus

    - Dry cough - Shortness of breath - Chest pain - Fatigue - Weight loss - (More rarely) difficulty with swallowing, hoarseness and nerve pain More than 2,400 mesothelioma deaths are registered each year in the UK. Many are the result of earlier asbestos exposure. At HCA Healthcare UK, we can help to diagnose and treat it.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If your HCA UK consultant thinks that you may have a malignant mesothelioma, they'll most likely recommend carrying out a thorascopy. This is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that involves draining fluid from your chest cavity and then taking a biopsy (sample) of your lung lining. This biopsy will then be sent away and tested for cancer. There are three types of malignant mesothelioma - Epithelioid (70% of cases) has a better prognosis - Biphasic (20% of cases) has an intermediate prognosis - Sarcomatoid (10% of cases) is the most aggressive tumour type
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    There isn't a cure for malignant mesothelioma. But we offer treatments and therapies that can help to improve your symptoms. If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your HCA UK oncologist will explain these treatments and therapies to you. Surgery plays an essential role in diagnosing the cancer. It may also play an essential role in multi-modality therapy, in combination with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road


    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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