Mesothelioma is classified according to four main histological categories, or cell types, including epithelioid mesothelioma, sarcomatoid mesothelioma, biphasic mesothelioma (a combination of epithelioid and sarcomatoid types), and desmoplastic mesothelioma (extremely rare).
Epithelioid mesothelioma is the most common mesothelioma cell type, accounting for roughly 50% to 70% of all malignant mesothelioma cases.
Epithelioid Mesothelioma: Risk Factors
The risk factors for epithelioid mesothelioma are the same as those for other types of mesothelioma. The greatest risk comes from working or living in a place where high levels of asbestos are in the air or water – or living with an individual who works under these conditions.
Epithelioid Mesothelioma: Symptoms and Diagnosis
Because the period between asbestos exposure and the onset of symptoms can be as long as 20 to 50 years, most cases of epithelioid mesothelioma are diagnosed later in life. Symptoms of epithelioid mesothelioma may include breathing difficulties, weight loss, pain under the rib cage, fluid buildup, and abdominal pain or swelling. If you experience these symptoms after a history of asbestos exposure, your doctor may use various methods to determine if you have mesothelioma, including:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- X-rays and imaging studies
In addition, a pathologist will examine tumor cells to determine if they are epithelioid mesothelioma or another type. Epithelioid mesothelioma cells are distinguished by their uniform cube shape and tubular pattern.
Epithelioid Mesothelioma: Treatment and Prognosis
If you have epithelioid mesothelioma, you may find it comforting to know that this is also the type with the most favorable prognosis. Depending on your age and overall health, as well as the stage of your tumor, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
- Surgery (to remove the tumor or relieve symptoms)
In addition to these traditional treatments, you may want to ask your doctor if you are a candidate for one of the many ongoing clinical trials that give select patients access to experimental treatments not yet available to the public.
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