Mesothelioma Stages - Stage II
Stage II mesothelioma has begun to spread beyond the pleura, though it remains confined to the chest cavity. Most medical treatments for Stage I mesothelioma are also available to patients with Stage II of the disease, but as with any cancer, the likelihood of a successful outcome decreases proportionally as it invades other organs and tissues.
Options for mesothelioma treatment depend in part on the stage of the disease (how advanced it is). The further the disease has progressed, the higher the stage number and the more difficult the mesothelioma is to treat. The staging systems used for mesothelioma apply only to the pleural variety, though any form of the disease will be evaluated using similar criteria to determine its extent and progress.
The Mesothelioma Help center assists Stage II mesothelioma patients by offering no-cost consultations with an experienced nurse as well as a free information packet to help you navigate this complex illness.
The three staging systems that doctors use to assess mesothelioma are the Butchart, TNM and Brigham systems. Though all three overlap to some degree as indicated below, each system has its particular utility and applications.
The further the disease has progressed, the higher the stage number and the more difficult the mesothelioma is to treat.
Stage II, Butchart system: Mesothelioma may be located on both sides of the chest and can involve other organs including the esophagus or heart. Cancerous cells may also have spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage II, TNM system: Cancer is found on either the right or left pleura and has spread further into the lung or the diaphragm.
Stage II, Brigham system: Cancer in the pleura or lungs can be removed. Cancerous cells have spread to nearby lymph nodes.