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Stage 2 Mesothelioma

In stage 2, mesothelioma is found in the lining of the chest wall (the pleura) on 1 side of a person’s body. Cancer may also be found in the lining of the lung, the lining of the diaphragm, or the lining of the sac that covers the heart on the same side of the chest. Fortunately, the cancer has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.
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Stage 2 Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath and chest pain
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Fever

As in stage 1, the symptoms in stage 2 are often mistaken for other illnesses, including the flu and a bad cold. This somewhat “generic” list of symptoms could be a major reason why mesothelioma is often not accurately diagnosed until its later stages when the cancer has progressed.

Prognosis

Generally speaking, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis. Stage 2 mesothelioma patients are usually good candidates for surgical treatments if they are in otherwise good health. And patients who undergo surgical treatments typically have better outcomes than those whose disease has spread too far to qualify for surgery.

Sadly, mesothelioma is often not even diagnosed until its later stages. This is because most people don’t experience obvious or intense symptoms until stages 3 and 4.

To complicate matters ever further, it often takes 20 to 50 years after a person has been exposed to asbestos for mesothelioma symptoms to develop.

Stage 2 Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma is found in the lining of the chest wall (the pleura) on 1 side of the body
  • Cancer may be found in the linings of the lung, diaphragm, or the sac that covers the heart on the same side of the chest
  • Cancer has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body

Treatment Options

If you are in general good health, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cancerous tumors—or other procedures to manage pain and possibly extend your life. In many cases surgical treatments can contribute to a longer life expectancy for mesothelioma patients.

Extrapleural pneumonectomy

  • For patients in otherwise good health
  • An aggressive form of surgery
  • Removal of 1 lung, part of chest lining, diaphragm, and lining of the sac that surrounds the heart
  • Common results: increased life expectancy, pain relief

Pleurectomy/decortication

  • Very complicated and invasive surgery
  • Removal of the membrane coating of 1 lung, the mediastinum (the space between the lungs), the diaphragm, and the lining of the chest wall
  • Common results: potential pain relief, improved quality of life

Cytoreduction with HIPEC

  • Invasive and complex procedure
  • Removal of all visible tumors
  • Heated chemotherapy drugs circulated throughout abdominal wall
  • Common results: significantly improved quality of life, increased life expectancy

After surgery, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy or radiation to help kill any remaining cancer cells.

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