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Malignant Mesothelioma Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging

Know the signs and symptoms of malignant mesothelioma. Find out how malignant mesothelioma is tested for, diagnosed, and staged. 

Detection and Diagnosis

Finding cancer early, when it's small and before it has spread, often allows for more treatment options.  Some early cancers may have signs and symptoms that can be noticed, but that's not always the case.

Stages of Mesothelioma

After a cancer diagnosis, staging provides important information about the extent of cancer in the body and anticipated response to treatment.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Doctors often use survival rates as a standard way of discussing a person's outlook (prognosis). These numbers can’t tell you how long you will live, but they might help you better understand your prognosis. Some people want to know the survival statistics for people in similar situations, while others might not find the numbers helpful, or might even not want to know them.

Questions to Ask About Mesothelioma

Here are some questions you can ask your cancer care team to help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options.