Most people know that mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, but they don't know much more about this complex disease. In fact, there are many variants of the disease, which all act and must be dealt with somewhat differently. Among these variations of the disease is one known as papillary mesothelioma, or well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma (WDPM for short). This variant is similar to another version of the disease called epithelial mesothelioma, and it is rather rare.
While its rarity may make it sound like a bad thing, it actually is a good thing. Papillary mesothelioma has a lower chance of being malignant, which means that it is less likely to spread to other areas on the body. However, since this variant is so rare, there is no set treatment program for this still potentially dangerous cancer. Generally speaking, the same sort of treatments that are effective against normal mesothelioma are also effective against this variant. Such treatments can include different types of chemotherapy, as well as surgeries.
Prognosis of Papillary Mesothelioma
Generally speaking, people who develop papillary mesothelioma have a good prognosis. This variant of the cancer is often non malignant and even painless for those who have it. However, in some cases this variant can become more potent and dangerous. In addition, even when benign this version of the cancer has a very high rate of recurrence in many patients. Research continues to find a way to permanently get rid of this particular form of the cancer.
Papillary Mesothelioma Patients
The most common sufferers of papillary mesothelioma are women of childbearing age, who develop the cancer in the lining of their abdomens. However, reported cases have also appeared in parts of the male and female reproductive systems, and also in the linings of the heart and the lungs. Curiously, while most types of mesothelioma have a direct link to asbestos, many cases of this type of the disease have occurred without a person having any significant asbestos exposure. The exact causes of this type of the cancer are unknown, but it is believed that may be preventable, so much research is being done to that end.
Papillary Mesothelioma Settlements
If your concern regarding papillary mesothelioma is about trying to achieve some sort of settlement, you may be out of luck. Since this type of the cancer is not directly linked to asbestos exposure, there may not be anyone "at fault." However, if you want to be certain then you should contact a lawyer and have them evaluate your case.