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New Epithelioid Mesothelioma Fact Sheet Help Newly Diagnosed Patients

March 23, 2012

Published by Seattle Post, New Epithelioid Mesothelioma Fact Sheet Help Newly Diagnosed Patients

Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive disease caused by asbestos exposure, often diagnosed after a immunohistochemistry panel is taken that can distinguish it from other lung carcinomas and adenocarcinoma (ADCA). According to a study published in Anatomic Pathology, "The correct diagnosis is primarily a difficult challenge for the pathologist. The most common problem is probably that of distinguishing between an epithelial type...and metastatic adenocarcinoma."

Because getting a correct diagnosis of epithelial mesothelioma is crucial for early intervention and using the right treatment, CPSM has added fact sheets to their website explaining what epithelioid mesothelioma is and what adenocarcinoma is. As stated in the information section for patients at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a medical facility that specializes in treating mesothelioma, there are three main histological types of mesothelioma:

  •     Epithelioid Mesothelioma: 60% to 70% of cases, usually has the best outcome
  •     Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma: 10% to 15% of cases, more aggressive
  •     Biphasic or mixed Mesothelioma: 10% to 15% of cases, extremely aggressive

Mesothelioma is caused when asbestos fibers lodge in the mesothelium, or thin membrane lining that surrounds the internal body organs, most commonly the lungs, heart and abdomen. The mesothelium contains epithelial cells, hence the name for this kind of malignancy. Because malignant epithelioid mesothelioma is the most common, Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason is expanding the information on their website to help patients and their family members to understand the diagnosis quickly and easily.

CPSM has represented several clients in mesothelioma lawsuits who were originally mistakenly given a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma, which delayed more immediate intervention, hence their desire to provide as much information as possible to improve client’s chances of correct diagnosis and longer survival.

For more information on all types of mesothelioma, visit CPSM’s website. Patients diagnosed with epithelioid mesothelioma have a right to file an asbestos lawsuit or bankruptcy claim against the large corporations who made the products that caused illness or death. Contact CPSM today at 1-800-440-4262 to speak with a mesothelioma attorney or to receive a no cost evaluation.

About Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason
CPSM are pioneers in asbestos litigation, helping those diagnosed with all types of mesothelioma including Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma and Testicular Mesothelioma for more than 30 years. Clients injured by asbestos can also have asbestosis, a debilitating disease caused by scarring of the lungs, and other types of non-small cell lung cancer. CPSM is dedicated to helping those suffering from asbestos related illnesses to recover money from the large corporations responsible for their injuries.