Stages of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a particularly deadly form of cancer. Sadly, the early stages are hard to diagnose, causing the majority of mesothelioma patients to be diagnosed while in the later stages, significantly delaying treatment and diminishing the likelihood that treatment will be effective. The form of treatment a doctor chooses will depend on the exact stage of the cancer. The earlier it is treated, the more the life-expectancy of a patient increases. However, there is no known cure for the disease.
If you or your loved one is suffering in any stage of mesothelioma, it is important to know your legal rights. Fill out the contact form for the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Help Center today to receive more information.
Defining the Stages of Mesothelioma
Nearly every form of cancer is divided into four stages. There are several scales doctors use to define Mesothelioma stages, however, they have many similarities. The following are included in the basic description of the four stages:
- Stage I: There are tumors in the protective lining of organs, which may have already spread to other organs.
- Stage II: Tumors are malignant and in both sides of the body.
- Stage III: Tumors have spread to multiple organs in the abdominal cavity. Lymph system may or may not yet be affected.
- Stage IV: Malignant tumors have spread to either the lining of the chest wall, outer layer of the heart, or lymph nodes. Mesothelioma is spread through the bloodstream. It is difficult to treat, and most likely gives the patient little time before the cancer becomes deadly.
When going through treatment for any stage of Mesothelioma, it is difficult to understand the emotional and financial repercussions of the struggle. The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Help Center is designed to assist victims and their families in understanding their legal rights. Fill out the contact form today to receive more information.