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Stages of Mesothelioma

For your doctor to plan treatment for mesothelioma disease, staging of the cancer is required. A chest x-ray, CT scan, MRI, or Endoscopic Ultrasound will be done to determine which stage the cancer is in and to assist in diagnosing cancer as well. Staging gauges exactly how far cancer has spread in the patient if it has spread at all.

The general stages are identified below:

  • Stage I is considered localized, and cancer would be found in the lining of the chest wall, lining of the lung, lining of the diaphragm,
    or the lining of the sac covering the heart.
  • In stage II, cancer has spread to the lymph nodes as well.
  • In stage III, cancer has spread to any of the following areas: the chest wall, the mediastinum, the heart, beyond the diaphragm, and
    the peritoneum. It may have also spread to the lymph nodes.
  • In stage IV, cancer has spread to distant organs or tissues.

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