Mesothelioma tumors are categorized into three main groups: epithelial mesothelioma, biphasic mesothelioma, and sarcomatoid mesothelioma. A patient’s prognosis depends largely on the type of mesothelioma tumor present.
What is Epithelial Mesothelioma?
Occurring in 50% to 70% of patients, epithelial mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. It refers to a cancer of the epithelial tissue, which are the membranes covering all the body’s organs. Cancers of the epithelial cells make up approximately 85% of all human cancers.
As with all forms of mesothelioma, epithelial mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Although still considered a deadly form of cancer, epithelial mesothelioma has a better prognosis than the other types of the disease.
Types of Epithelial Mesothelioma
Since mesothelioma is frequently caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, epithelial mesothelioma occurs most often as a cancer within the respiratory system. In fact, 60% of epithelial mesothelioma occurs in the pleural membranes covering the lungs; hence its name, pleural mesothelioma.
The second most common form of epithelial mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, occurs in the lining of the abdomen and is caused by the ingestion of airborne asbestos fibers. Pericardial mesothelioma, the rarest form of epithelial mesothelioma, affects the lining of the heart. It is thought to occur when asbestos fibers enter the bloodstream through the lungs and make their way to the heart.
How is Epithelial Mesothelioma Treated?
Treatment for epithelial mesothelioma may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or any combination of the three. For this type of mesothelioma in particular, treatment depends largely on the stage and location of the cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with epithelial mesothelioma, be sure to ask your doctor plenty of questions and make sure you have a thorough understanding of your situation. This will help you make informed decisions regarding your medical care.
Know Your Legal Rights
Beyond the physical and emotional toll, mesothelioma can spell financial hardship for victims and their families. If you’ve been diagnosed with this disease, call Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 today to learn if you have grounds for a mesothelioma claim.