Mesothelioma Stages

Mesothelioma Stages Staging is the process of finding out how far the mesothelioma cancer has spread. Doctors determine which treatments to use based on the mesothelioma stage, or the severity of the disease. The primary staging system used for mesothelioma is a TNM system, similar to the system used for most other cancers. The mesothelioma stages are as follows: T stands for tumor (its size and how far it has spread to nearby organs), N stands for spread to lymph nodes, and M is for metastasis (whether it has spread to distant organs). In mesothelioma staging, numbers are assigned to each stage to provide detailed information about tumors, lymph nodes, and metastasis. T Mesothelioma Stages T1: The cancer has only spread to the outer lining of either the right or the left lung. T2: The cancer has spread to the outer lining of the lung, to the diaphragm, and or into the lung itself on either the right or the left side. T3: The cancer has spread into the first layer of the chest wall, the fatty part of the mediastinum (heart, esophagus, trachea, and lymph nodes in the chest), a single place in the chest wall, or the outer covering of the heart. T4: The cancer has spread into the chest wall-either muscle or ribs, through the diaphragm, into any organ of the mediastinum, into the spine, into both sides of the chest, through the heart lining or into the heart, or into the nerves leading into the arm. N Mesothelioma Stages N0: No spread to lymph nodes. N1: Spread

Mesothelioma Support Groups The diagnosis of a serious illness like mesothelioma can be devastating for patients, their friends and their families. Fear, denial, anger and grief are just some of the emotions that may surface all at once. Where can you turn if you or someone you love is trying to cope with the difficulty of being a mesothelioma patient? Fortunately, Mesothelioma support groups provide help by sharing resources for patients and their family. The following resources offer support for mesothelioma patients and other types of cancer as well as their families and friends. Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) Alliance for Lung Cancer, Advocacy, Support and Education Support Groups (ALCASE) CancerCare Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL) Gilda’s Club Hospice Education Institute I Can Cope Look Good… Feel Better Stories of Hope Taking Charge of Money Matters The Wellness Community (TWC)

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