Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the most serious form of the disease, as it rarely responds to any treatment options.
Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma strikes 10-20% of patients with mesothelioma. Death usually occurs within six months of diagnosis of Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma.
There are three categories of mesothelioma cancer cells:
It is difficult to diagnose Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma and thus far it has been resistant in responding to any type of therapy. Mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is sometimes confused with other sarcomas because it originates in the same areas of the body and has a similar cellular structure. Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma is both very aggressive and fatal.
Sarcoma is a form of cancer that originates in the supportive tissues of the body such as the bone, cartilage, fat or muscle. The other two are epithelioid mesothelioma and biphasic mesothelioma. These types of mesothelioma cells can further divide into other types of cancerous cells called
- Clear cell
- Small cell
- Acinar cell
- Tubopapillary cell
Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma is the type most often confused with sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Similar to sarcomatoid mesothelioma, lung sarcomatoid carcinomas are much more likely in men (four times more likely than in women) and there is a strong association with smoking. Also, patients can present with similar symptoms, such as chest pain, pleural effusions and respiratory difficulty.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with high grade sarcoma of the lungs or pulmonary Sarcomatoid carcinoma and you have had previous asbestos exposure, it may be best to seek a second thorough examination from your current physician or from an oncologist who specializes in mesothelioma.
Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Symptoms:
- abdominal pain
- bowel function problems
- chest wall pain
- weight loss
- pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
- shortness of breath
- fatigue or anemia
- wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
- blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)
Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms in Severe Cases:
- blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis
- disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs
- jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
- low blood sugar level
- pleural effusion
- pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs
Those dealing with asbestos and mesothelioma face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of treatment. If you were unknowingly exposed to harmful levels of asbestos, you have legal rights and there is help available for you.
Deciding which law firm to represent you and your case is very important. Choosing the right law firm will also be important to your settlement. You are entitled to an experienced mesothelioma law firm who has a track record of success in asbestos lawsuits.
It is not uncommon for there to be 10-20 parties that are named in a asbestos lawsuit that are located across the United States. For example, a worker in California may have been exposed to asbestos from asbestos products shipped from Libby, Montana or from an iron ore plant in St. Paul Minnesota. This is why it is very important to obtain an experienced asbestos mesothelioma law firm that knows all of the companies in each state who have responsibility for your asbestos exposure.
If you are a grieving family member or executor of the will of a person who has died from asbestos-related disease or mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file a claim as well.
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