Papillary mesothelioma, also known as well-differentiated papillary
mesothelioma (WDPM), is an uncommon variation of epithelioma
mesothelioma. It is frequently diagnosed in women,
generally those who are still in the reproductive stages of their life,
but it has also been clinically diagnosed in men as well.
The disease usually develops in the peritoneum - the lining of the
abdomen - and, in most cases, is benign. Papillary mesothelioma,
however, has also been seen to have origins in the tunica vaginalis,
part of the male reproductive system as well as in the pleura or the
lining of the lungs.
tumors generally cause no pain and the mesothelioma
prognosis for someone diagnosed with such a tumor is usually very
favorable. Unlike malignant
mesothelioma of various types, however, this kind of mesothelioma
cannot be definitively linked to asbestos exposure though a connection
has been made in some cases.
Because the occurrence of this disease is quite rare, there is no
treatment at this time. Past reports have shown that mesothelioma
doctors who do encounter WDPM have offered surgical removal of the
tumor as a possible treatment and others have shrunk the tumor with mesothelioma
chemotherapy or radiation.
However, it is rare that this kind of tumor spreads to other parts of
the body, so mesothelioma
surgery is usually the preferred option. Reoccurrence of the
disease does happen in many cases but is not an indication that the
patient will later develop a malignant form of mesothelioma cancer.