Mesothelioma Advanced Stages
Mesothelioma Advanced Stages, As it is always the case with cancerous conditions, it is very important to determine the stage of this disease in order to be able to set a prognosis. The same happens with mesothelioma disease wherein the range of features has a great impact on the disease evolution. There aren’t too many available statistical data when it comes to this type of cancer in order to determine the right prognosis. The thing is that with this condition it is very hard to set an early diagnosis unless the patient provides the information of his working background.
It has been confirmed on many occasions that the rate of survival with the early stages treated is up to 5 years or a little bit more, but this cannot be that reliable as long as this condition is mostly diagnosed at its advanced stages. With the IV stage of mesothelioma cancer there is a metastasis which means that the condition has already spread to other organs which makes it incurable. So at this stage the prognosis is poor and the treatment will consist merely of pain killers and support.
Due to the fact that mesothelioma evolves in a long period of time (it takes between 10 to 30 years to completely manifest) presenting symptoms such as breathing problems and lung elasticity decrease. At the second stage patients can undertake chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy and present successful results in more than 75% of the cases.
When it comes already to malignant mesothelioma doctors should look deeper into the history of the patients asking if there have been also exposures to asbestos. To set the diagnosis correctly there will be tests required such as CT scan, abdominal X-ray or MRI – magnetic resonance imaging. At this advanced stage the symptoms can be easily mistaken for the ones of flu and indigestion. This makes it hard to be diagnosed if the other tests are not properly run.
Apart from all these, the level of severity differs with every patient although in some advanced cases of pleural mesothelioma symptoms are presented as pain in the chest sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue. When these happen, doctors will usually perform X rays at the lung area and for further and clearer investigations CT scans and MRIs are run in order to asses better the state of the lungs.