Biphasic Mesothelioma Treatment, Prognosis and Legal Help
Diagnosis: Because the two cell types are not typically found in the same location and form differently within areas of the tumor, usually multiple tissue biopsy samples must be taken to diagnose Biphasic Mesothelioma.
Treatment: Treatment options depend on the ratio of each cell type found in tumors. More epithelioid cells allow for more aggressive treatments.
Prognosis:Depends on the ratio (number of each cell type) of cell types. If more epithelioid cells are present, then there are more options for treatment. (Epithelial cells are also more responsive to treatment and do not spread to other areas as quickly as sarcomatoid).
Biphasic Mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma. It contains a mixture of both epithelioid and sarcomatoid cells. In order to be classified as biphasic, each of these cell types must account for at least 10% of the tumor.
Both epithelioid and sarcomatoid cell types can exist within close proximity of one another but can also be found in separate areas of a tumor. Having a higher percentage of sarcomatoid cells can mean that the cancer is more aggressive. Epithelial cells are generally more responsive to treatment and do not spread to other areas as quickly as sarcomatoid.
As with all types of mesothelioma, the only known cause of Biphasic Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Biphasic Mesothelioma please give our lawyers a call and we will investigate the source of the asbestos exposure.