NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
What are the cell subtypes?
Guide 5. Mesothelioma cell subtypes
Cell subtype details
The cells are uniform and form
complex, organized patterns.
The cells are spindle-shaped
and form disorganized patterns.
Some cells are uniform
and in organized patterns
(epithelioid subtype) and
some cells are spindle-shaped
and in disorganized patterns
Doctors also recommend treatment based on the
type of mesothelioma cell. A pathologist will classify
the cell type based on the size, shape, and structure
of the cells. A pathologist is a doctor who is an expert
in examining cells and tissue to find disease. This is
known as histologic subtyping. The three subtypes of
mesothelioma cells are described in
The cancer stage is a rating of how far the
cancer has grown and spread.
The cancer stage is used to plan treatment.
Certain cancer tests, called staging tests, are
used to determine the cancer stage.
Cancer treatment is based on the cancer stage
and cell subtype.
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