Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically affects the linings that protect the organs of the chest and the abdomen. It is rare as cancers are concerned but is diagnosed in the United States in about 3,500 people each year.
There are different places where Mesothelioma cancer can occur. The most common is Pleural mesothelioma. This type refers to the Pleural space which is the thin layer of protective lining that encloses the lungs, and chest cavity. If the cancer progresses to the lung itself it then is affecting the Thoracic Cavity, which means all things in the chest.
The other type of Mesothelioma is called peritoneal mesothelioma. While very rare in that it affects about 300 people who are diagnosed each year in the United States. The Peritoneal cavity is the lining that encloses the organs of the abdomen, such as the stomach and the liver.
Mesothelioma is in the Pericardium. The Pericardium is the thin lining, or heart sac, that surrounds the heart muscle. It can also in rare cases Mesothelioma can also appear in the lining around the testicles which is called Tunica Vaginalis.
The Different Kinds of Mesothelioma
Cancer, no matter the type it is, must be properly diagnosed. In order to understand not only whether you have cancer, but where it is located, what types of cancer it is, and how far along the cancer is in your body. In order to determine these issues, a doctor called a Pathologist will take a Biopsy to answer these questions. A Pathologist is a doctor who specializes in studying cells and tissues at the microscopic levels.
The three main types of Mesothelioma are called Epithelial, Sarcomatoid, and Biphasic.
Epithelial Type describes the cells that line the internal and external cells of the body. When we talk about these cells with Mesothelioma it is typically used to talk about the cells under the microscope that make up the most common type of mesothelioma cancer. When viewed under the microscope they can look like adenocarcinoma, or the cells that look similar to lung cancer.
Sacromatoid Type is a more aggressive form of mesothelioma. It is the a very rare type or variant of mesothelioma cancers. Under the microscope it appears as spindly cells that appear to be like the supportive tissues of the body. This type is rare but aggressive. Of all the mesothelioma cancer diagnosed it shows up in about 7-20% of all the malignant cancers.
Biphasic Type, sometimes called mixed because it is a diagnosis of mesothelioma that has the occurrence of both the Epithelial and the Sacromatoid types of cancer cells. This type of diagnosis is in about 20-30% of all malignant mesothelioma cancers.
Mesothelioma cancer and it different types can be truly life changing diagnosis. It is important to understand the different types of Mesothelioma so can understand and be prepared in how to progress towards proper treatments.
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