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Mesothelioma is a rare cancerous disease that affects approximately 2000-3000 Americans a year. Mesothelioma is different from other cancers because it affects the mesothelium, which is the outer lining (or sac) that protects the body’s major organs such as the lungs, stomach and heart. The disease is typically broken down into three categories depending on what part of the body is involved. Pleural mesothelioma, affects the outer lining of the pluerals surrounding the lungs. This is the most common type of mesothelioma and a patient usually presents with coughing, shortness of breath, fever and weight loss. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the outer lining that protects the stomach. Side effects of peritoneal mesothelioma can include nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Finally, Pericardial mesothelioma affects the outer lining of the heart. This is the rarest form of mesothelioma and often causes palpitations, breathing difficulties and a persistent cough.