HOUSTON, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesothelioma.us, a website that offers people with mesothelioma and their loved ones a wide range of free and helpful information about the serious health condition, has just posted a new article that discusses the four critical stages of mesothelioma.
As the new article on http://mesothelioma.us/ noted, once someone has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, his or her physician will begin the staging process. This will help determine how far the cancer has spread, and what treatments are most appropriate. In most cases, explains the new article, CT scans and MRIs are used to see where the mesothelioma is located in the body.
The initial stage of mesothelioma is called Stage 1; the malignant mesothelioma is localized and the cancerous tumor is in the lining of the lungs, inside the lung, the pericardium or the diaphragm.
Patients who have been diagnosed with Stage 2 mesothelioma typically have evidence of the cancer in the pleura, as well as the chest wall, esophagus or heart.
"The possibility of the cancer spreading to the lymph nodes in the chest are also very likely," the new article noted, adding that once the diagnosis has been staged at level 3, the mesothelioma has spread to the diaphragm and into the peritoneum and may involve lymph nodes outside of the chest.
Stage 4 mesothelioma, noted the new article, is the final stage of the cancer; the disease has metastasized, and has spread to the bloodstream and other organs of the body.
The Butchart Staging System is the most commonly used system for measuring and determining mesothelioma staging; however, it is typically used only in cases of pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common type of the disease.
Anybody who would like to learn more about mesothelioma and the staging process is welcome to visit Mesothelioma.us; visitors to the site may request free packets of information about mesothelioma.
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