The Butchart Staging System
The Butchart Staging System is one of several staging systems that exist for mesothelioma. “Staging” simply means analyzing the severity of a cancer in order to develop an effective treatment plan. The Butchart system was the first staging system created for mesothelioma, and it dates back to the 1970s. Though other systems have since been created, the Butchart staging system continues to be used today, mostly because it has the advantage of being very simple. The main consideration in this system is tumor size.
Sadly for mesothelioma patients, there is no known cure for this cancer. A low rating on the Butchart scale does not necessarily ensure recovery. In many cases, mesothelioma patients are victims who were exposed to asbestos without being informed of its dangers. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more, contact an asbestos attorney from Williams Kherkher today at 800-781-3955.
The Stages of the Butchart System
The Butchart system consists of four stages, which are as follows:
- Stage 1: The tumor is limited to the lung, diaphragm membrane, pericardium, and/or the ipsilateral pleura.
- Stage 2: The tumor now affects the esophagus, heart, and/or both lungs as well as the chest wall and chest lymph nodes.
- Stage 3: Other lymph nodes, diaphragm, and/or peritoneum have been penetrated by cancer.
- Stage 4: The tumors are metastasized in unrelated parts of the body and cancer exists in the blood.
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