To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can provide the information you need, from understanding the cancer itself, to choosing the right treatment, to finding support.
Mesothelioma is different from lung cancer. If you're not sure what the difference is or how it affects you, you can call our helpline.
Your lungs are covered by two layers called the pleura. These layers are separated by a small amount of fluid, which helps to keep them moist. The pleura are very thin and the fluid helps them to slide over each other easily. This allows your lungs to expand and contract as you breathe in and out. The inner layer that surrounds your lung is called the visceral layer. The outer layer attached to your chest wall is called the parietal layer.
Mesothelioma causes the pleura to become hard or thicken. This makes it more difficult for your lungs to expand and contract as normal, making it harder for you to breathe. Sometimes, fluid builds up between the two layers. This also makes it harder for your lungs to breathe in and out. As a result, you will feel breathless.
For more information, see our Mesothelioma and Asbestos Factsheet (pdf, 304KB)
For other booklets and factsheets, including information about cancer types, treatments, side-effects, emotional effects, financial information and more, visit our publications section.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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