Stage 1 Symptoms
- Shortness of breath and chest pain
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
These symptoms are often mild enough to be mistaken for other illnesses, including the flu or a bad cold. This could be a major reason why mesothelioma is often not accurately diagnosed until its later stages—when symptoms become more severe.
Stage 1 mesothelioma has the most treatment options and the best prognosis. As with most forms of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment lead to a better long-term outlook.
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 1 Mesothelioma
- Mesothelioma is localized and affects the lining of the chest wall
- The cancer might also affect the pleural lining of the diaphragm (the breathing muscle) or the mediastinum (the space between the lungs)
- Has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or others parts of the body
Depending on your overall health, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your tumor—or other procedures to manage pain and possibly extend your life. In general, surgical treatments contribute to a longer life expectancy.
- 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
- 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.