There are many different types of mesothelioma cell types, including biphasic mesothelioma. If you’re diagnosed with biphasic mesothelioma, your prognosis will depend upon the ratio of the two different cell types that make up this form of mesothelioma.
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What is Biphasic Mesothelioma?
Biphasic mesothelioma is the combination of two mesothelioma cell types: epithelioid and sarcomatoid. If you have a higher ratio of epithelioid cells, then the tumors generally do not spread as fast. If you have a higher ratio of sarcomatoid cell, the biphasic tumors spread much more quickly throughout the body.
Biphasic mesothelioma is the 2nd most common type of diagnosed cell type of mesothelioma cancer, accounting for around 30% of all diagnoses.
How is Biphasic Mesothelioma Diagnosed and Treated?
When diagnosing biphasic mesothelioma, doctors generally use immunohistochemistry, a medical technique that involves coating the cells with a colored dye so that cells are more easily identified. It also lets physicians know if cancer is actually present.
People with pleural mesothelioma are diagnosed with biphasic mesothelioma more than any other types of the disease. Therefore, treatment of biphasic mesothelioma is the same for pleural mesothelioma patients: surgery (if applicable-the patient must be in good overall health), chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy.
There are a few new treatments for biphasic mesothelioma that showed positive results during clinical trials. Intensity modulated radiation therapy, gene therapy, and photodynamic therapy have all shown positive effects on patients with biphasic mesothelioma.
Long-Term Outlook For Patients With Biphasic Mesothelioma
As mentioned earlier, there are two different cell types in biphasic mesothelioma: epithelioid and sarcomatoid. The cell type that is more dominant will greatly influence the prognosis of bisphasic mesothelioma patients. Patients with more epithelioid cells generally have a better long-term outlook, whereas patients with more sarcomatoid cells have a lower long-term outlook. The survival rate is generally 12 months after diagnosis.
Keep in mind, however, that each case is different from the next as each patient has their own unique medical history. What this means is that many patients can go on to beat the odds of the average survival rate and live much longer by living a healthy, stress-free lifestyle.
The stage of the cancer will also determine the long-term outlook. Patients in the earlier stages of the cancer, Stage I and Stage II, have a better chance of a prolonged survival rate. Those in the later stages of the cancer, Stage III and Stage IV, have a lower survival rate, but again, living a healthy lifestyle which includes a doctor-approved exercise plan, a nutritious diet, and living a life with minimum stress will go a long way in helping improve survival rates.
Additional Help and Information for Biphasic Mesothelioma Patients
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