Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the least common histological type of mesothelioma, but it is the most aggressive.
Even more than epithelial mesothelioma, the sarcomatoid form is difficult to diagnose and to distinguish from other diseases. Just looking at the cells under a microscope is not enough, and doctors employ immunohistological tests to distinguish Sarcomatoid mesothelioma from true sarcoma and pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma.
The general treatment plan for sarcomatoid mesothelioma focuses on:
- Managing pleural effusions
- Administering radiotherapy to intervention sites
- Evaluating suitability for radical surgery
- Evaluating suitability for chemotherapy and clinical trial entry