Mesothelioma Stages - Stage IV
Stage IV mesothelioma is the most advanced of all stages; about 30 percent of all patients diagnosed with mesothelioma have Stage IV disease.
Options for treating mesothelioma 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 type, though any form of the disease will be evaluated using similar criteria to determine its extent and progress.
While Stage IV offers the poorest prognosis, different types of care are available that can limit pain and suffering and may slow the cancer’s progress
While Stage IV offers the poorest prognosis and treatment options are more limited than with other stages, different types of care are available that can limit pain and suffering and may slow the cancer’s progress. For more information on these options as well as how the Mesothelioma Help Center can assist Stage IV mesothelioma patients with financial and legal aid, contact us now.
The three staging systems that doctors use to assess mesothelioma are the Butchart, TNM and Brigham systems. All three overlap to some degree – this is especially true in Stage IV, as indicated below.
Stage IV, Butchart system: The mesothelioma has spread to other organs of the body and entered the blood stream.
Stage IV, TNM system: Tumors may be found in both the right or left pleura. Cancer has spread into the chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium (lining of the heart), lymph nodes outside the chest and/or other organs.
Stage IV, Brigham system: Cancer has metastasized beyond the pleura into other vital organs and is considered inoperable.