Malignant mesothelioma is categorized into four stages: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4. Each stage indicates how far progressed the cancer is and whether it can be successfully removed through surgery. Stage 3 mesothelioma is considered one of the more advanced stages of the disease.
What It Means to Have Stage 3 Mesothelioma
Two scenarios are possible with Stage 3 mesothelioma:
The cancer is in the pleural lining of the chest cavity on one side of the body and may also have spread into the lining covering the lung, diaphragm, and middle section of the chest cavity. The cancer may have also spread to lymph nodes in the chest on the same side as the cancer, but not to distant parts of the body.
The cancer has affected the pleural lining of the chest cavity on one side of the body, the lining of the middle section of the chest cavity, the lining covering the diaphragm, and the lining covering the lung. It may have also spread to other areas of the chest cavity and the sac that covers the heart. It may have spread to lymph nodes in the chest on the same side as the cancer but has not spread to lymph nodes near the collarbone or on the opposite side of the chest. It also has not spread to distant sites in the body.
Treatment for Stage 3 Mesothelioma
The main goal of treatment in Stage 3 mesothelioma is to manage pain and symptoms. Options for Stage 3 mesothelioma treatment include:
Pleurectomy: The surgical removal of cancerous tissue from the pleural lining of the lung, to help provide pain relief
Pleurodesis/paracentesis: The removal of extra fluid in the abdomen or chest cavity through a needle or catheter to relieve pressure
Chemotherapy: The delivery of powerful anticancer drugs to destroy cancer cells and inhibit their rapid growth
Clinical trials: The patient’s participation in experimental tests for newly developed, cutting-edge cancer treatments
While a cure is not a likely outcome in patients with Stage 3 mesothelioma, treatment can help prolong survival times for some patients and improve their quality of life as they battle their disease.
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