Lung Mesothelioma Staging
Testing can help the doctor determine the cancer stage. Staging is important in the evaluation of mesothelioma because it is the most important factor in determining the best approach to treatment.
Mesothelioma is divided into two groups:
- Localized mesothelioma:
- Stage 1 mesothelioma: the cancer is confined to the lining of the chest wall, heart, diaphragm, or lung.
- Advanced mesothelioma:
- Stage 2 mesothelioma: the cancer is in the lining of the chest wall, heart, diaphragm, or lung and it has spread to lymph nodes on the same side of the chest
- Stage 3 mesothelioma: the original cancer is located in the lining of the chest wall, heart, diaphragm, or lung AND it has also spread to another nearby area, such as the chest wall, heart, lung, beyond the diaphragm, or the peritoneum.
- Stage 4 mesothelioma: the cancer has spread to distant organs or tissues
Recurrent malignant mesothelioma is cancer that returns after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the chest, abdomen, another part of the body.
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