Mesothelioma Attorneys

Epithelial Mesothelioma


An important part of mesothelioma diagnosis is determining the type of cancer cells involved. It helps your doctor make a definitive diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment. Epithelial mesothelioma, also called epithelioid mesothelioma, is the most common type of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused, almost exclusively, by asbestos exposure. Epithelial mesothelioma is sometimes misdiagnosed as lung cancer, which can be caused by many things, including asbestos exposure, but does not necessarily point to asbestos as the cause. Determining that asbestos is the underlying cause of your illness is an important step in recovering monetary compensation which can pay for your medical care and other losses associated with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma vs. Lung Cancer

Epithelial mesothelioma is easily mistaken for a type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma. Not only are the symptoms similar, but the cancer cells look very similar and are difficult to distinguish in older types of tests such as staining and microscopic analysis. If you have received a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma lung cancer or epithelial mesothelioma you cannot know for sure which one you truly have without immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing.

In both types of cancer, early treatment is the key to extending your life expectance and your quality of life. You must have an accurate diagnosis in order to receive effective treatment. The prognosis is very poor in patients with mesothelioma, and only somewhat better for people with lung cancer. Misdiagnosis delays the proper treatment making the prognosis even worse in either type of cancer.

Another important reason to distinguish mesothelioma from lung cancer is protecting your legal rights. A diagnosis of mesothelioma means that your illness was caused by asbestos exposure and that you have a very good basis to sue for compensation for your illness.

Lung cancer can be caused by asbestos exposure, but it can also be caused by exposure to many other toxins including cigarette smoke, radon, uranium, arsenic, coal products, gasoline, diesel exhaust, mustard gas, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, chloromethyl ethers, and talc dust. It is more difficult to prove that asbestos exposure caused lung cancer, and it can be argued that even when asbestos was involved that other factors contributed significantly to your development of lung cancer.

Types of Epithelial Mesothelioma

There are many subtypes of epithelial mesothelioma including:

  • Adenoid cystic
  • Deciduoid
  • Glandular
  • Glomeruloid
  • Histiocytoid
  • In Situ
  • Macrocystic
  • Microcystic
  • Mucin Positive
  • Tubulopapillary