When doctors diagnose you with cancer, it is important that they understand exactly what type of cancer you have before treating it. This way, they can develop the right treatment plan for you that can hopefully pinpoint and eradicate your malignant tumors. Mesothelioma, a cancer primarily caused by asbestos, can come in multiple forms, including biphasic.
Types of Mesothelioma Cells
Under a microscope, cells with mesothelioma can come in two different shapes, classified as epithelioid and sarcomatoid. Epithelioid cells are regular in appearance and typically cubic in shape. On the other hand, sarcomatoid mesothelioma are oval, fibrous cells. Biphasic is the name given to mesothelioma that includes both types of cells. Interestingly, the cell types occur in groups throughout tumors rather than having individual separation.
Treating Biphasic Mesothelioma
The rate of biphasic mesothelioma diagnosis has increased over the past years. However, it can actually be easier to diagnose than individual epithelioid or sarcomatoid mesothelioma. This is because either of these types can be confused with other forms of cancer altogether. This confusion can lead to problems like misdiagnosis.
Sadly, biphasic mesothelioma is nonetheless more deadly than sarcomatoid or epithelioid cancer on their own. In fact, the average survival time of a biphasic mesothelioma patient is only six months.
No matter what type of mesothelioma you develop, it can have devastating repercussions on your life. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may feel alone and confused. To get the information that you need to deal with this diagnosis, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.