Epithelioid Mesothelioma - The signs for both Epithelioid Mesothelioma and adenocarcinoma of the lung are very similar. In fact, it can be very difficult for medical professionals to tell the difference. The origin is the main factor in determination as well as some faint variances in shape.
The mesothelium is an epithelium that is a particular layer of tissue that surrounds organs any human being's body. No matter where this is located is there to protect the body serving many functions such as absorption, filtration, secretion, excretion, and even allowing one to have a sense of touch.
Mesothelioma occurs in the outer epithelium after a patient has been exposed to micro fibers in asbestos. These fibers can sit in the epithelium and go unnoticed for as long as 30 to 50 years. Epithelioid mesothelioma occurs in the mesothelium as adenocarcinoma originates in the inner epithelium of an organ.
Although both have similar cellular appearance, epitheliod mesothelioma is regularly uniform, cube-shaped and spread out. Many physicians suggest that if a patient has been exposed to asbestos and has also received a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma then a second opinion may be in order to rule out mesothelioma.
Asbestos is the main cause of Epithelioid Mesothelioma and the numbers of patients being diagnosed with the disease are growing more and more every day. This is most likely because many of the patients that are receiving the most common form of the epitheloiod mesothelioma are people who have been exposed to asbestos many years ago while most were unaware of the significant impact that this product has on the life of a human being. The good news is that without the presence of asbestos the number of diagnoses will begin to shrink.
There are four various types of mesothelioma:
Out of the four, epithelioid accounts for 50 to 70% of all mesothelioma cases. The biphasic mesothelioma patients are said to have a poorer prognosis than the other three because these types of tumors are so resistant to treatment that more aggressive approaches are utilized in an attempt to allowing the patient to live a little bit longer.
Many may hear epithelioid mesothelioma being referred to as asbestos cancer and in many ways this is a term that can accurately be coined. This cancer can be found in the lungs, lining of the chest, or abdomen, and the most difficult factor for any patient to learn is that these epithelioid tumors are rarely benign.
In addition, there are also subtypes of epithelioid and a few of them are:
- Adenoid cystic
- In Situ
- Mucin Positive
Treatment for epithelioid mesothelioma is the same as any other type of Mesothelioma. It all depends upon what stage of cancer patient is in as well as the location of the tumor. Each type; however, will respond differently to each form of treatment and the prognosis for those patients with malignant epithelioid mesothelioma is better than those of other types.