Types of Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Types of Mesothelioma
|Mesothelioma can be classified into two major groups, benign and malignant:
Subtypes and Variations of Mesothelioma TumorsEach of these categories of mesothelioma is further divided into one of three subtypes:
(m) In addition, sarcomatous varieties have been judged to be extremely aggressive, and can be associated with intracranial metastases – brain tumors. There are also benign mesothelial proliferations and well differentiated papillary mesothelioma that are of low malignant potential. The diagnosis should be confirmed by an experienced pathologist as in many cases a more virulent form of the disease can be mixed in with this seemingly benign process. In most cases these tumors are of low malignant potential and are treated only when they begin to cause symptoms and most often with surgery as a single modality.
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URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html
Also called: Malignant mesothelioma
The tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart and other organs is called mesothelium. Mesothelioma is cancer of that tissue. It is a rare but serious type of cancer. It usually starts in the lungs, but can also start in the abdomen or other organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. It can take a long time - 30 to 50 years - between being around asbestos and getting the disease. Treatment includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or all three.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Mesothelioma is the National Cancer Institute