The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are basically limited to the abdominal region of the human body. While the symptoms develop very slowly, the stomach pain and swelling are the first signs. These two symptoms may intensify as the tumor grows and causes more pressure to the surroundings of the nearby organs.
In addition, the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity may produce a symptom called ascites. While the peritoneum secretes fluid automatically to lubricate the abdominal organs, changes related to cancer can create a production extremely high considered as something abnormal. The body can’t get rid of much of the liquid alone, it is for this reason that you must drain the fluid to relieve the symptoms. When symptoms are present, is referred to the disease as “wet”; if there are no ascites, refers to the cancer as a type peritoneal mesothelioma “dry”.
For some patients, the gastrointestinal symptoms may be accompanied of:
Night sweats and fever
Nausea and/or vomiting
Some patients may even notice lumps in their stomachs as the tumor grows. In the final stages, when the cancer has spread throughout the body, patients may notice swelling in the face or neck.