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Frequently Asked Questions: Information for Families

My father was just diagnosed with mesothelioma in his stomach. I did not know this was possible. Isn’t mesothelioma a disease of the lungs?

The most common site for mesothelioma is the pleura, which is the thin membrane that surrounds your lungs. In fact, about three of every four cases of mesothelioma cases are in that membrane. This kind of mesothelioma is known as pleural mesothelioma. But that is not the only place where mesothelioma can strike. It can also develop in other parts of the body, including the abdomen (Peritoneal mesothelioma) or the protective lining around the heart (Pericardial mesothelioma) and a few other areas of the body, including the reproductive organs.

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