Types of Mesothelioma Cells

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that is linked, almost exclusively, to asbestos exposure. The most common type of mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the protective sac around the lungs, but this cancer can also form in the abdomen, around the heart, and in the scrotum.

There are three main cell variations associated with mesothelioma – each with its own prognosis and treatment. These are:

Micrograph of Pleural Mesothelioma.  CK5/6 immunostain
Micrograph of pleural mesothelioma and sarcomatoid cells.
  • EPITHELIOID – ACCOUNTING FOR 70% OF ALL MESOTHELIOMA DIAGNOSES, EPITHELIOID CELLS DIVIDE FASTER THAN OTHER VARIATIONS, BUT ARE NOT AS LIKELY TO METASTASIZE
  • SARCOMATOID – THE MOST DANGEROUS CELL VARIATION, SARCOMATOID CELLS METASTASIZE AT A RAPID PACE. MORE COMMON IN PATIENTS WITH PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA, SARCOMATOID CELLS SPREAD FASTER THAN EPITHELIOID AND ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO TREAT
  • BIPHASIC – A COMBINATION OF EPITHELIOID AND SARCOMATOID CELLS, BIPHASIC MESOTHELIOMA ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY 30% OF ALL MESOTHELIOMA DIAGNOSES. PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT FOR THIS CELL VARIATION DEPEND LARGELY ON WHICH OF THE CELL TYPES IS MORE PREVALENT.

Each of these variations has associated subtypes which can impact life-expectancy and treatment efficacy. Your oncologist will discuss this with you following diagnosis.

No matter which of these cell types you have been diagnosed with, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and related damages. New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph Williams welcomes an opportunity to meet with you free of charge to discuss your options. Please contact us online or by calling 855-575-MESO (6376) to schedule your initial consultation and learn more.

Micrograph of Pleural Mesothelioma. CK5/6 immunostain
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