Testicular mesothelioma, also known as tunica vaginalis, is the rarest of variety of mesothelioma. In fact, there have been less than 100 reported cases of testicular mesothelioma since the disease began being tracked in patients. Testicular mesothelioma occurs in the tunica vaginalis, a thin membrane which surrounds and protects the reproductive organ within the scrotum.
Due to the rarity of testicular mesothelioma, there is no currently recognized set of symptoms associated with testicular mesothelioma. In the few reported cases of the disease that have been clinically diagnosed, the cancer is associated with lumps on the testicles and scrotal swelling. In most cases, it’s almost impossible to diagnose testicular mesothelioma until these lumps or swelling appears. Diagnostic surgery will conclusively pinpoint the exact malignancy, but it is also possible for the cancer to appear on MRI’s or other body imaging scans.
Treatment for testicular mesothelioma, unlike other types of mesothelioma, almost always involves surgery. Surgery involves the removal of a portion, or more likely, the entire affected testicle and is followed by complementary chemotherapy and surgery. Testicular mesothelioma is most likely a secondary tumor, meaning it is the spread of an ancillary tumor, and in this case it’s most likely origin is within the peritoneum, the membrane which encompasses the abdominal cavity. These primary tumors must also be treated, and would likely be treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy techniques.
Mesothelioma, and in particular primary mesothelioma tumors, is known only to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring and fibrous mineral that was used for many years as an industrial insulation component. When asbestos is inhaled or ingested, it lodges easily in the lining of the body’s inner tissue, including the areas outside the lung and abdomen. Mesothelioma then develops as a result of scar tissue and inflammation in these areas. The malignant cells are then dispersed throughout the body, including within areas like the scrotum and testicles.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in any form, we urge you to complete the brief form on this page. We’ll rush you a complimentary mesothelioma and asbestos exposure information packet. Help is available for those who were wrongly exposed to asbestos and have developed mesothelioma. Find our more today!
- American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide What is Malignant Mesothelioma?http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=4465
- Cancer Help, UK.http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_malignant_mesothelioma_29.asp?rnav=cri
- American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma Radiation Therapies.http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_4X_Radiation_Therapy_29.asp?sitearea
Last modified: May 27, 2011.