There are four mesothelioma stages used to categorize the disease: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4. Stage 1 mesothelioma is the earliest stage of the illness. Since it indicates localized cancer that has not spread, Stage 1 mesothelioma generally offers the best outlook for the patient.
An Overview of Stage 1 Mesothelioma
Patients with Stage 1 mesothelioma have cancer present on one side of the chest, in the pleural lining of the chest wall. Cancer may also be found in the pleura lining the diaphragm, the space between the lungs, or the pleura covering the lung. Stage 1 mesothelioma has not spread to the lymph nodes or to distant organs.
Since the cancer in Stage 1 mesothelioma is localized – concentrated in one small area of the body – it can often be removed via surgery. The following treatment options are used in treating patients with Stage 1 mesothelioma:
Pleurectomy: This procedure involves the surgical removal of the pleura and the sealing of the pleural space, with the lung left behind. Combined with chemotherapy and radiation, a pleurectomy can improve symptoms and even lengthen survival for some patients with Stage 1 mesothelioma.
Extrapleural pneumonectomy: Typically used only for patients with Stage 1 mesothelioma, a pneumonectomy involves the removal of an entire lung. Parts of the pericardium (lining of the heart), diaphragm, and parietal pleura (lining of the lungs) on the affected side of the body are also removed during this surgery.
Radiation: Radiation therapy, which involves the use of high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells, may be used following surgery to ensure that no cancer cells remain in the body.
As with other stages of mesothelioma, Stage 1 mesothelioma patients may benefit from participating in a clinical trial. Clinical trials allow patients to “test” new anticancer drugs or multi-modal treatments that are not currently available to the wider public. In some cases, these new treatments may provide a better outcome than traditional mesothelioma treatment approaches.
Learn Your Legal Rights
If you have mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you may have the right to sue the asbestos companies or others responsible for your exposure. To get the justice you’re entitled to, call Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 today.