A common question that’s asked is: What is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is not one disease, it’s actually a small group of aggressive, frequently metastatic cancers, named for their location within the body. The most common form is pleural mesothelioma, found in the chest/lung mesothelium (the lining around organs), which is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos.
A natural, plentiful mineral found all over the world, asbestos has several desirable properties including resistance to flames, heat, electricity, and chemicals. However, asbestos is also a known carcinogen, which means it has been proven to cause cancer.
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Life Expectancy Factors
The definition of life expectancy is: the probably number of months/years remaining in the life of an individual. For mesothelioma patients, there are several factors your doctor takes into consideration, to determine what your life expectancy is, following diagnosis.
Although the number and type of factors may vary, most doctors consider things such as the stage of the disease at diagnosis, overall health of the patient, age and gender, lifestyle factors (such as smoking and drug or alcohol use), and available treatment choices.
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There are three different types of staging systems used in mesothelioma diagnosis: TNM, Butchart, and Brigham. The most commonly used system is TNM, which stands for the three parts of the diseases used in determining the stage: T (tumor), N (nodes), and M (metastasized).
Tumor classification is numerical, with status determining the number: 0 means no tumor, 1a or 1b means there is involvement in various pleura, 2 means pleura and muscle have been invaded, 3 means local expansion but surgery still possible, and 4 means locally advanced and surgery is not possible.
The node classification is X through 3, depending on how far the disease has spread to the lymph nodes. The metastasized classification is X for unable to assess, 0 for not metastasized, and 1 for metastasis. These results are all combined and compared to a chart, helping the physician arrive at a classification of Stage I, II, III, or IV (with I being least severe and IV most severe).
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, many patients may have numerous treatment options to choose from. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the greater the chance of life-extending and treatment, which can also bring a great improvement in the patient’s comfort level.
The most effective treatment is referred to as multi-modal therapy for those whose mesothelioma is in Stage I or II, combining traditional treatments (chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation) with non-traditional treatments such as gene therapy, photodynamic therapy, and immunotherapy.