Learning that you have a serious illness like mesothelioma can leave you with countless questions. To provide you with the most accurate and reliable information, your doctor will gather data to classify your tumor on a scale of mesothelioma stages.
How Mesothelioma Stages Are Determined
Doctors use various diagnostic methods to classify tumors by mesothelioma stages, including biopsies and imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Considering the findings from these studies, your doctor will assign your tumor to one of four mesothelioma stages based on:paralegal
Primary tumor location (tumor site)
Size of tumor and number of tumors
Whether tumor cells have spread, and to what extent
Tumor cell type (epithelioid, sarcomatoid, or mixed/biphasic)
Mesothelioma Stages: Treatment Options and Prognosis
Doctors rely on mesothelioma stages, along with individual patient characteristics (such as age, sex, and overall health), to determine treatment options. Mesothelioma stages range from I to IV.
Mesothelioma Stage I is a localized tumor and relatively easy to treat. While science has yet to find a cure for mesothelioma, stage I tumors can be surgically removed. Chemotherapy and/or radiation may be used in combination with surgery to give patients with stage I mesothelioma the best hope for recovery.
In mesothelioma Stages II and III the malignancy has spread. At stage II, the disease has spread into surrounding tissues, while stage III indicates spread into the lymph nodes or other areas of the body.
Mesothelioma at Stage IV has spread to distant organs and tissues.
Mesothelioma stages II, III, and IV are considered advanced disease, with treatments focused on increasing life expectancy, relieving symptoms, and maintaining quality of life, rather than curing mesothelioma.
Help in Pursuing the Compensation You’re Entitled To
Mesothelioma treatments are expensive. If you have mesothelioma because you were exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 today for a free case evaluation.