About Cell Types
Cell Types of Mesothelioma
Learn about the other two cell types of mesothelioma and how they can be addressed and possibly treated.
Learn about this most common cell type of mesothelioma.
This type is a combination of both epithelioid and sarcomatoid cells.
Subtypes of Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma
- Similar to regular sarcomatoid cells
- They will be plump
- Shaped like a spindle
- Will find a large number of cells that are immune or inflamed
- Only 1% of diagnoses
- Large and shaped like a spindle
- Hard to diagnose
- No pattern
- Only accounts for 5% of diagnoses
- Long collagen bundles
Treatment for sarcomatoid cell types may be very difficult because it is extremely aggressive and spreads so quickly. Even though professionals can use surgery along with radiation and even chemotherapy, it is important to realize that surgery is not going to be easy.
This is because this type of mesothelioma is very hard to remove when it has attached to the wall of your chest. When peritoneal mesothelioma is found, the tumor will often be found around the intestines and it becomes that much harder to remove.
Chemotherapy may not shrink the tumors but there are a number of different drugs that have been found to be effective. For example, selenite is effective for different cancers when it is used with doxorubicin.
Sarcomatoid cell mesothelioma does not have as positive a prognosis as other cell types. Most patients will live for about six months. However, there are some patients that have lived for up to six years.
When you consider the prognosis you should think about the stage that the cancer is in as well as where it is located, and the treatment options. Each person is different and some patients have been known to live for several years after they have been diagnosed.