Left untreated, or if the patient doesn't respond well to the treatment he or she receives, will allow mesothelioma cancer to reach the third stage of development. Stage 3 mesothelioma symptoms are very obvious, and if the person hasn't yet been diagnosed, it will be very clear for any doctors or physicians that the persons lungs and other organs are affected by mesothelioma cancer as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos.
The Butchart System
Doctors require a staging system in order to correctly stage mesothelioma. One of the most popular systems is called the Butchart mesothelioma staging system. Because it is an old staging system, the Butchart staging system has already proved to be capable of correctly staging mesothelioma. It relies on measuring the size and proximity of the tumors to accurately stage the cancer.
Mesothelioma Stage III
When the cancer has reached its third stage of development, the body goes to several of the following changes and conditions:
- the pleura is affected entirely
- the chest wall is also completely affected by stage III mesothelioma
- the lung on that part of the body that the cancer has spread to has almost completely shut down because the diaphragm helping it contract and expand is overwhelmed by the cancer
- the patient suffers extreme pain in the areas affected by mesothelioma stage 3 cancer, and requires painkillers
Treatment methods for stage 3 mesothelioma are mostly types of radiation therapy combined with the strongest of chemotherapy drugs. Doctors allow patients at this stage to try alternative methods, mostly to relieve pain and symptoms and to help relax the muscles and brain.
Clinical trials of mesothelioma may require a biopsy at this point in the cancers development in order to establish which combination of drugs and treatment methods the patient will react best to. The disease should not be allowed to develop even more, because if it reaches stage four of development it will spread rapidly to other organs such as the brain and heart, and becomes almost impossible to treat. Also, at this stage, doctors try new and experimental methods of treatment, such as photodynamic therapy or some alternative treatment methods, meditation, acupuncture and TENS therapy. The immunotherapy treatment method is also given a try. With all this, if the patient doesn't start to react in a positive way to treatment, the cancer will evolve to its' fourth and final stage of development.
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