Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that starts in the membranes lining the chest or abdomen. It is more common in men and in people over the age of 65 years.

The two main types of mesothelioma are:

  • pleural mesothelioma that occurs in the chest
  • peritoneal mesothelioma that occurs in the abdomen.

Almost everyone who develops mesothelioma has been exposed to asbestos.

The Cancer Institute NSW recommends that all people with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

In addition, people with some cancers may need complex treatment and should be seen at a specialist centre.

Use our Canrefer website to find multidisciplinary teams in NSW and ACT. 

Being diagnosed with cancer can be stressful and confusing. Having the right information can help you talk to your cancer care team and be more involved in your care.