Mesothelioma Stages

How to Treat Stage I Mesothelioma

Stage 1 - Localized Malignant Mesothelioma

Typically, in the earlier stages of mesothelioma, if the malignant tissue is located in only one place in either the lungs or the abdomen, surgery will be used to remove the pleura and possibly surrounding tissues.

  1. Surgery to remove the pleura and the tissue near it to relieve symptoms, with or without radiation therapy after surgery.
  2. Surgery to remove sections of the pleura, the lung, part of the diaphragm, and part of the lining around the heart.
    External beam radiation therapy to relieve symptoms.
  3. A clinical trial of surgery followed by chemotherapy given inside the chest.
  4. A clinical trial of surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.

How to Treat Stage II-IV Mesothelioma


Treatment may be one of the following:

1. Draining of fluid in the chest or abdomen (thoracentesis or paracentesis) to reduce discomfort. Drugs also may be put into the chest or abdomen to prevent further collection of fluid.
2.. Surgery to relieve symptoms.
3. Radiation therapy to relieve symptoms.
4. Chemotherapy.
5. A clinical trial of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
6. Chemotherapy is given in the chest or abdomen.

This site intended strictly as an informative resource and absolutely does not replace a visit to your doctor. If you feel you have the symptoms or are a likely candidate for mesothelioma cancer, please visit your doctor immediately.

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