Adenomatoid Mesothelioma

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Adenomatoid mesothelioma is one type of epithelial mesothelioma. Epithelial refers to the shape of the malignant cancer cell, while adenomatoid refers to the pattern of the cells. Epithelial is the most commonly diagnosed type of mesothelioma. Because of this, it’s been well researched and is more successfully treated than mesothelioma involving other cell shapes.

The adenomatoid pattern of epithelial cells is a microglandular pattern, which means that flat or cuboidal cells line small gland-like structures. Because adenomatoid mesothelioma refers to a particular pattern of the cancer cells, the diagnosis is based on where the cancer is located. There are three main types of mesothelioma: pleural (located in the lungs and chest), peritoneal (located in the abdomen), and pericardial (located in the heart). Adenomatoid cells can be found with any of these types of mesothelioma.

Adenomatoid Mesothelioma Causes

All types and variations of mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines asbestos as a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil. Due to its strength and heat-resistant properties, asbestos has been used for insulation and construction and as a fire retardant. Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of applications such as roofing shingles, automobile parts, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and cement products.

When asbestos materials are broken or agitated, microscopic, inhalable fibers escape into the air. Asbestos-containing materials can be disturbed by repair, remodeling, or demolition, leading to the fibers going airborne and becoming embedded in the lungs, where they eventually lead to serious illnesses including mesothelioma.

Adenomatoid Mesothelioma Treatments

The treatment options for adenomatoid mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. These treatments are palliative treatments, which means they are administered to reduce pain and symptoms. The treatments are not meant to cure mesothelioma, as there is currently no known cure.

An additional treatment option for adenomatoid mesothelioma is participation in clinical trials. Because there is no cure for mesothelioma, doctors and scientists are conducting research on new medications and treatments in hopes of finding either a cure or a treatment that will be more effective in extending life expectancy and improving quality of life.

Mesothelioma Legal Help

If you have an asbestos-related injury such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, you may be eligible for compensation from a company that the manufactured asbestos-containing products that caused you harm. People suffering from mesothelioma have often been exposed to asbestos either in the workplace or through the use of household items that contain the carcinogen. After diagnosis, medical bills, home care, and the cost of living can quickly become overwhelming.

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