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Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma is one of the three cell types of Mesothelioma cancer. The only cause is exposure to Asbestos. Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma represents 10-15% of pleural mesothelioma cases (least common of all kinds).  Only a tissue or fluid biopsy can confirm the diagnosis.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Symptoms

General symptoms most patients experience before diagnosis are shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. The problem is that these symptoms generally apply to many conditions, so they are not good indicators by themselves. As the disease progresses, additional symptoms may also include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid build-up in lungs or abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Coughing up blood

Diagnosing Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma is often very difficult to diagnose because sarcomatoid tumors can closely resemble tumors caused by other conditions.

Patients' asbestos exposure history is imperative when diagnosing this disease.

Individuals who have worked with Asbestos can help their doctors rule out other cancers and narrow down the diagnosis to some form of Mesothelioma.

To confirm tumors' presence, doctors order imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. Then, doctors need to ensure the tumor's cell type to give their patients a proper diagnosis and prognosis.

Doctors sometimes misdiagnose Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma, as it shares many similarities with the following diseases:

  • Pleural plaquing
  • Granulomas
  • Fibrous pleurisy
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Localized fibrous tumors
  • Pleural liposarcoma
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
  • Metastasized renal carcinoma
  • Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleur
Help your doctor discover the cause of your Mesothelioma symptoms as soon as possible. It is crucial to share any history of asbestos exposure you have experienced during your life.

Because Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma is easily misdiagnosed, doctors need to perform a biopsy extracting a tissue or fluid sample they can adequately analyze.

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Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treatment

According to the Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the leading hospitals for Mesothelioma in the country, treatment for Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma mainly consists of chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy.

The choice of treatment and combination of treatments depend on the tumor location and stage. The most promising chemotherapy results are obtained by a chemotherapy regimen used to treat sarcomas, called CYVADIC. This chemotherapy combination includes cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dacarbazine.

Sarcomatoid tumors are elongated (spindle-shaped) and may not be a candidate depending on the presentation.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Prognosis

Many factors contribute to life expectancy, and each patient is unique. Through early treatment, some patients can outlive their prognosis significantly.

A patient's overall health and age are also significant factors in the projection. On average, patients diagnosed with Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma have an average life expectancy of six to twenty-one months.

Clinical trials and various treatments are available for mesothelioma victims, and palliative care can manage symptoms and increase patients' quality of life.

If you need help locating a mesothelioma specialist in your area, please give us a call Toll-Free: (855) 883-6447.

Mesothelioma Compensation

If you been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or if a family member has died from Mesothelioma, FlintCooper will be able to help you obtain compensation.

The process of maximizing this Asbestos compensation for you and your family can begin in just a few months.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma FAQ's

What Is The Difference Between Sarcomatoid Versus Other Types Of Mesothelioma?

There are three basic types of Mesothelioma based on the cell type of tumor: Sarcomatoid, Epitheliod, and Biphasic. The Sarcomatoid type has greater than 90% spindle (elongated) cells and represents 10-20% of all mesotheliomas.

Does Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Qualify For Financial Compensation?

Yes, the FlintCooper can file claims, negotiate a settlement, and even file a lawsuit to recover our clients' financial compensation. If you have been diagnosed with Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma, please call us for assistance. If you have lost a family member, we may be able to help as well.

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Adrianne Andrus

Reviewed by:  Adrienne Andrus
Chief Editor of FlintCooper
Client Advocate & Product Liability Paralegal since 2015.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, SIU Edwardsville

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