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Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treatment, Prognosis and Legal Help

Definition: Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most dangerous type of mesothelioma cell mutation. It accounts for 20% of all mesothelioma cases.

Diagnosis: Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is rather difficult to diagnose, doctors need a biopsy test to determine the specific sarcomatoid cell type.

Treatment: Generally, patients don't respond as well to sarcomatoid mesothelioma treatment, due to the severity of this cell type.

Prognosis: Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most aggressive mesothelioma cell type so the prognosis is not favorable for patients. Clinical trials and various treatments are available for mesothelioma victims, and palliative care, a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses can manage symptoms and increase the patient's quality of life.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Out of the three main histological cell types: biphasic, epithelioid, and, sarcomatoid, the latter is the least common of them, accounting for only around 20 percent of mesothelioma cases. Like most other mesothelioma diseases, sarcomatoid mesothelioma's only known cause is asbestos exposure.

As such, if you have been diagnosed recently or suspect you might have sarcomatoid mesothelioma, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, as there are legal actions that must be taken swiftly to provide you with compensations.

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Diagnosing Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Diagnosing sarcomatoid mesothelioma is often very difficult because sarcomatoid tumors can closely resemble tumors caused by other conditions. Therefore, a patients work history is imperative when diagnosing this disease. Individuals having worked with or around asbestos can assist their doctor's in ruling out other cancers and narrow down the diagnosis to some form of mesothelioma.

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To confirm the presence of tumors, doctors order imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans. Then, doctors need to confirm the tumor's cell type, so that they can give their patients a proper diagnosis and prognosis. Doctors can easily misdiagnose sarcomatoid mesothelioma, as it shares many similarities with the following diseases: fibrous pleurisy, fibrosarcoma, localized fibrous tumors, pleural liposarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, metastasized renal carcinoma, and solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura.

Because sarcomatoid mesothelioma is easily misdiagnosed, doctors need to perform a biopsy extracting a tissue sample they can properly analyze avoiding a misdiagnose of the patient.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Treatment

Treatment for sarcomatoid mesothelioma mainly consists of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The same treatments used in other cell types can also be used for sarcomatoid mesothelioma, depending on the current location and stage of cancer.

Surgery

Sarcomatoid cells are much more resistant to treatment than the other cell types. Sarcomatoid tumors are much more rigid than other tumors, making it very difficult to operate on them.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is also associated with a low success rate when it comes to sarcomatoid tumors. The most promising results are obtained by a chemotherapy regimen that is used to treat sarcomas, called CYVADIC.

This is a combination chemotherapy that includes cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dacarbazine.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Prognosis

Mesothelioma life expectancy often ranges from about 6 to 21 months. However, there are many factors that contribute to life expectancy and each patient is unique. Through treatment and healthy habits some patients can outlive their prognosis significantly. The patient's overall health and age are also significant factors in the prognosis.

Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Prognosis

Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is known to be the most aggressive form of mesothelioma and is associated with the shortest survival rate. Clinical trials and various treatments are available for mesothelioma victims, and palliative care can manage symptoms and increase the patients quality of life.

Only one thing is certain: mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, and legal countermeasures can be taken. As such, we urge you to contact us and find out more about your rights.

Article Sources

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