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What are Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Cells?

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on May 18, 2020

Accounting for only about 10 to 15% of all mesothelioma diagnoses, sarcomatoid cells are the most aggressive and deadly mesothelioma cell type. Spindle-shaped with a large and elongated nucleus, sarcomatoid mesothelioma cells metastasize much faster than epithelial cells, allowing cancer to spread quickly to other areas of the body. This rapid spread of cancer tumors is further made possible by the uneven way in which the sarcomatoid cells bundle, a factor that also makes treating patients with these mesothelioma cells more challenging.

Micrograph of Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma involving pulmonary artery wall.

Micrograph of sarcomatoid mesothelioma involving the pulmonary artery wall.

Sarcomatoid cells can be found in approximately 20% of pleural mesothelioma patients and 4% of patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, but the cells are frequently misdiagnosed due to their similarity in appearance to benign tissue cells. If you have been exposed to asbestos at any point in your life and are experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma including shortness of breath, loss of appetite or weight, and chronic fatigue, it is essential that you visit your doctor for proper testing to determine if mesothelioma is present. While not curable, even aggressive sarcomatoid mesothelioma cells can be targeted through various treatment options, but the prognosis is best when these cells are treated early on.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, regardless of the cell type, you may be entitled to significant compensation. New York mesothelioma lawyer Joe Williams welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and discuss your diagnosis, and to help you better understand all of your legal options.

To schedule a free consultation at our New York City office, please contact The Williams Law Firm, P.C. online today.

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