Mesothelioma Spreads Aggressively in Four Stages
Mesothelioma cancer spreads throughout the body in four distinct stages. Once malignant mesothelioma has been diagnosed, more tests will be done to find out if cancer cells have metastized (spread to other parts of the body). This is called staging. Staging helps to determine the type of mesothelioma treatment that is appropriate.
Tests to Determine the Stage of Mesothelioma
Doctors use the following techniques to determine the stage of mesothelioma:
Mesothelioma Stage 1
The first stage of mesothelioma is also known as localized malignant mesothelioma. The cancer is present in the lining of the chest wall and may also be found in the lining of the lung, lining of the diaphragm or the lining of the heart.
Mesothelioma Stages 2, 3 and 4
Mesothelioma stages 2, 3 and 4 are collectively known as advanced malignant mesothelioma. In stage 2, the cancer is present in the lining of the chest wall and lymph nodes. It can also be found in the lining of the lung, lining of the diaphragm or the lining of the heart. In stage 3, mesothelioma has spread to: the chest wall, the mediastinum (middle section of the chest cavity), the heart, areas beyond the diaphragm and the peritoneum (lining of the abdomen). In stage 4, mesothelioma has spread to distant organs.
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