While the prognosis for malignant mesothelioma is generally poor, the type of mesothelioma tumor is an important factor in determining life expectancy. Mesothelioma tumors are classified into three main types: epithelioid mesothelioma, biphasic mesothelioma, and sarcomatoid mesothelioma.
What is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma?
Accounting for just 10% to 20% of all cases, sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the least common type of malignant mesothelioma. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma tumor cells are often confused with other types of cells, and their irregular, oval shape makes them harder to detect under a microscope than epithelioid or biphasic mesothelioma tumors.
Delays in detection and diagnosis help to make sarcomatoid mesothelioma the deadliest form of malignant mesothelioma, with a typical life expectancy of six months or less following diagnosis.
How is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treated?
While its treatments are the same as those for epithelioid and biphasic tumor types, sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the type most resistant. Treatments for sarcomatoid mesothelioma aren’t likely to produce a cure. Instead, they focus on prolonging life and making patients as comfortable as possible.
Treatment options for patients with sarcomatoid mesothelioma may include traditional therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, as well as less conventional treatments such as gene therapy and immunotherapy. If you have sarcomatoid mesothelioma, ask your doctor about clinical trials, which can provide access to the most cutting-edge treatments if you qualify.
Know Your Legal Rights
In addition to physical pain and suffering, mesothelioma patients live with the outrage that their exposure to asbestos was caused by corporate misdeeds, whether willful or negligent. While nothing can right that wrong, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.