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What is Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma?

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is one of the three cell types of this form of cancer. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma represents 10-15% of pleural mesothelioma cases (least common of all types) and is the most treatment-resistant form of mesothelioma. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is extremely aggressive. On average, patients diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma have an average life expectancy of six months.

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma cells are often difficult for pathologists to distinguish because they closely resemble other healthy cells in the body. Additionally, as with other types of mesothelioma, symptoms, if present, are often similar to other less serious conditions. So, the diagnostic process may be lengthy.

General symptoms most patients experience prior to diagnosis are shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. As the disease progresses, 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
  • In order to assist your healthcare provider in discovering the cause of your symptoms as soon as possible, it is crucial during your initial appointment to share any history of asbestos exposure you have experienced during your life.

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