Characteristics of Mesothelioma
Different Characteristics of Mesothelioma
There are three main characteristics of malignant Mesothelioma:
- Epithelial Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the epithelial tissues. Epithelial tissues offer protection and lubrication to various parts of the body. The epithelial tissues that line and lubricate the organs are called the mesothelium. Epithelial Mesothelioma is the most common form of Mesothelioma, accounting for 50 percent to 70 percent of all Mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society. People diagnosed with this form of asbestos-related cancer have a better prognosis (outlook for survival) than those with other types of Mesothelioma. However, all forms of Mesothelioma are fatal.
- Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma involves malignant tumors that develop from connective tissues. It accounts for 7 percent to 20 percent of Mesothelioma. Desmoplastic Mesothelioma is a type of sarcomatoid Mesothelioma, which is frequently misdiagnosed as a benign tumor. In one study of 17 patients, the average time from appearance of symptoms to death was just 5.8 months. Patients reported prior occupational exposure to asbestos ranging from 5 months to 43 years.
- Mixed/biphasic Mesothelioma makes up 20 percent to 35 percent of Mesothelioma. These tumors are composed of a mixture of sarcomatoid and epithelial Mesothelioma cells.
The cells of epithelial Mesothelioma are uniform and cube-like in shape. Each cell has a distinct nucleus that can be easily recognized under a microscope. Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma cells are oval and irregular in shape. Their nucleus is not as easy to recognize under a microscope.
The most difficult type of Mesothelioma to diagnose, desmoplastic Mesothelioma may resemble fibrous pleurisy and benign fibrous tumors. It has a propensity to metastasize, especially to the bone. Desmoplastic Mesothelioma victims rarely survive a year from diagnosis.
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