What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer that most commonly starts in the layers of tissue that cover each lung (the pleura). Read more about how common it is, what it is and who gets it.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

There are not many symptoms in the early stages of mesothelioma.

Getting diagnosed

What to expect when you see a GP, when you might see a specialist, and which tests you might have.

Mesothelioma survival

Survival depends on many different factors. No one can tell you exactly how long you will live. Find out more about the survival statistics for mesothelioma.

Treatment for mesothelioma

Unfortunately mesothelioma can be very difficult to treat as it is often found when it is advanced. The treatment you might have depends on the stage and type of your mesothelioma.

Stages of mesothelioma

The staging system most commonly used in the UK for pleural mesothelioma is called the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) system. Read about the stages of mesothelioma and your treatment options.

Types and grades of mesothelioma

Your guide to the types of mesothelioma and the grading system. Knowing this helps your doctor to decide which treatment you need.

Research and clinical trials for mesothelioma

Read about the latest research in mesothelioma and about taking part in clinical trials.

Living with mesothelioma

A lot of practical and emotional support is available to you. Get advice on living with mesothelioma and find further resources and support.

Risks and causes

Asbestos causes most cases of pleural mesothelioma. Learn more about the causes of mesothelioma and who is more likely to get it.

Last reviewed: 
20 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
20 Apr 2024
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