Mesothelioma or Pleural Disease

Learn how mesothelioma or pleural disease is diagnosed, its symptoms, and treatment options available at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the lining of the chest or abdominal cavities known as the mesothelium. It is most often attributed to exposure to airborne asbestos particles. Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were commonly used in construction and thermal insulation as a fire retardant until the 1970s.

Penn Medicine's Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program and Penn's Abramson Cancer Center bring together internationally renowned experts in medical, surgical and radiation oncology who collaborate in the diagnosis, treatment and research of mesothelioma and pleural disease.

Penn's multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma provides better outcomes and gives you access to the most advanced treatment, surgical techniques and clinical trials.

Oncology Patient Navigators

Every step of cancer treatment, from a cancer diagnosis and treatment, to forming a survivorship plan, comes with different needs and issues that should be addressed.

Oncology patient navigators are committed to making sure every patient experience is as comfortable as possible. They are experts in navigating complex health care situations and serve as a consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for patients and families.