Q. Is mesothelioma a type of lung cancer? I thought so, but my cousin has been diagnosed and he said it isn't.

A.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which develops in the lining of the chest and lung. It is not lung cancer which is a cancer that normally forms within the lobes and interior structure of the lung and is one of the most prevalent cancers diagnosed today. Being exposed to airborne asbestos particles can increase the risk of mesothelioma. Learn more about mesothelioma through the National Cancer Institute’s Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®).

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation also provides information and patient stories.

If you would like additional information, resources or emotional support, please call 800-813-HOPE (4673) to speak with an oncology social worker at CancerCare.