Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that arises in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Its only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a cancer-causing mineral that was widely used in the U.S. as an additive to construction materials. 

Most patients are diagnosed when the disease has already reached an advanced stage, because symptoms of mesothelioma often take decades to appear after the initial exposure to asbestos. 

Symptoms vary according to where in the protective lining the cancer first arises, but typically include pressure caused by fluid buildups, painful swelling and fatigue.

Palliative and Hospice care plays a very important role in the treatment of mesothelioma patients, especially those with an advanced diagnosis. It relieves the pain and discomfort caused by symptoms and allows patients to focus on living life on their own terms.

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