Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a carcinogenic fiber that can become lodged in your body tissue through inhalation or ingestion. Once these fibers are stuck in your tissue, your body is unable to break it down. From there, they can cause rapid and abnormal cell growth, leading to tumors and other problems.
Cancerous cells come in two main types: sarcomatoid and epithelioid. Epithelioid mesothelioma accounts for the majority of cases, while sarcomatoid is rarer. Fortunately, epithelioid mesothelioma is typically easier to treat than sarcomatoid.
Characteristics of Epithelioid Mesothelioma
Epithelioid mesothelioma is characterized by its uniform tubular pattern and easily recognizable nucleus. Additionally, epithelioid mesothelioma tends to start in the linings of the internal organs and body cavities, called the mesothelium. Sadly, because the mesothelium is in such close contact with important internal organs, the cancer can quickly spread to these organs.
Treating Epithelioid Mesothelioma
Like other types of mesothelioma, epithelioid mesothelioma is often treated with:
Additionally, patients can undergo a combination of these three or participate in a clinical study. Sometimes, clinical studies can be more helpful for advanced stages of epithelioid mesothelioma because doctors may believe that surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy will no longer be beneficial.
If you have been diagnosed with epithelioid mesothelioma or another type of mesothelioma, it is understandable to be confused. To learn more about this cancer, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page today.