Hope for Mesothelioma patients


Helping answer your questions about mesothelioma asbestos-related cancer

What is Mesothelioma?
Children at Risk 


Causes of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Stages of Mesothelioma
Early Diagnosis of Mesothelioma
Treatment of Mesothelioma
Compensation for Mesothelioma Patients


PEACE OF MIND by Dr Ian Gawler

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Mesothelioma Information for Patients and Their Families

Mesothelioma has become news in recent years because of the many lawsuits being lodged against construction companies and other businesses that did not disclose their knowledge of the harmful effects asbestos had on their workers.

But there is hope for mesothelioma patients, and there is a great deal of help available. This ranges from clinical trials of new treatments to a variety of legal options for victims of the disease.

What is Mesothelioma?

Learn all about mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium or protective membrane around your organs.

The mesothelium consists of two layers: the inner layer that actually covers each organ, then the outer layer. In between is fluid, which is a bit like the rubber you find between cement slabs in footpaths. It lubricates the walls of each layer and also acts as a buffer, protecting your organs while allowing them to expand and move.

Mesothelioma can affect the pericardium (the layer that protects the heart), although this is relatively rare. This is called pericardial mesothelioma.

More common is the form that affects the peritoneum (abdominal cavity), and this usually spreads to the intestines and diaphragm. This is called peritoneal mesothelioma.

However, the most common form of mesothelioma affects the pleura - the chest cavity, and these usually progress to the thorax and then the lung. Oddly, it's more often the right lung that's affected. This is called pleural mesothelioma.

Click the links to the left to read more about Mesothelioma symptoms and diagnosis, treatments, how to find compensation and more.

Peace of Mind

To help you and your family through this difficult time, see Dr Ian Gawler's book, PEACE OF MIND. Diagnosed with incurable bone cancer in 1975 and given only months to live, Ian Gawler has been helping other cancer sufferers through his Cancer Support Group since 1981.

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