How Does Mesothelioma Spread and What is Metastasis?
Metastasis is the process of cancer spreading through the body. The goal is to prevent a mesothelioma tumor from metastasizing. Mesothelioma travels through the body through the blood stream and the lymph nodes. If the tumor can be contained, then a specialist may be able to remove it during a surgical procedure.
Mesothelioma tumors usually spread through local metastasis, which includes the growth and expansion of the tumor to local organs and lymph nodes. Distant metastasis rarely occurs, but the disease can be spread through the blood stream and lymph nodes to travel throughout the body and create new tumors.
Why Does Metastasized Mesothelioma Cause So Many Issues?
When mesothelioma metastasizes, the location of the tumor and the mesothelioma cell types determine what type of treatment can be performed. An aggressive cell type such as sarcomatoid cells make treatment very difficult. A metastasized mesothelioma tumor also limits your treatment options because you may not be able to physically handle the surgery. A mesothelioma patient’s prognosis and life span are truly dependent upon how far the mesothelioma has spread.