The four stages of mesothelioma are based on whether the cancer can be treated or removed by surgery as well as whether the lymph nodes are involved. Stage 2 mesothelioma is considered an advanced stage of cancer. Although a cure is not likely, treatment can help alleviate some of the symptoms of the disease.
General Overview: Stage 2 Mesothelioma
In Stage 2 mesothelioma, cancerous growth affects the pleura lining the chest wall on one side of the body as well as the pleura lining the chest cavity between the lungs and covering the diaphragm. With Stage 2 mesothelioma, the cancer has also spread into the lung and the diaphragm.
Stage 2 mesothelioma may involve the lymph nodes but has not metastasized (spread) to distant parts of the body.
Stage 2 Mesothelioma: Treatment
As with other advanced stages of mesothelioma, the goal of treatment in Stage 2 mesothelioma is to manage pain and improve quality of life for the patient. Treatments for Stage 2 mesothelioma may include:
Surgery: In Stage 2 mesothelioma, various types of surgery may be used to remove the tumor and/or fluid in order to reduce pressure and discomfort and improve the patient’s ability to breathe.
Chemotherapy: Powerful anticancer drugs may be given intravenously or injected directly into the chest or abdomen to destroy cancer cells and prevent the cancer from spreading further.
Radiation: Often used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy, this Stage 2 mesothelioma treatment can be effective in easing some of the unpleasant symptoms of the illness.
Clinical trials – highly controlled studies that examine the effectiveness of new mesothelioma treatments on patients – are another option for people diagnosed with Stage 2 mesothelioma. If you have Stage 2 mesothelioma, consult your doctor about current or ongoing clinical trials that may be a good fit for you.
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