Stage 1 Over A Billion Recovered Nationwide

Mesothelioma Stage 1

When doctors stage mesothelioma, they use one of two staging systems.

The Butchart System

The oldest, known as the Butchart System, was developed in 1976 by Dr. Eric Butchart, a British cardiothoracic surgeon. Some oncologists and thoracic surgeons still use this system because they believe it to be the most accurate way to measure the progression of the disease. A description of Dr. Butchart’s classification system appears in the article he authored titled “Contemporary Management of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”, published December 1999 in The Oncologist.

The TNM System

The other system, known as the TNM System, is currently the most widely used. It was originally developed by French physician Pierre Denoix from 1943 to 1952. In 1990, The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) developed a version of the TNM system to be used for lung cancer staging based on the TNM methodology used for other tumors. In 1995, this system was adapted by the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) to give precise descriptions of tumor involvement in various areas of the body.

The IMIG staging system was adopted by the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and the UICC in 2002 so that there would be uniformity. Today, the version of the TNM classification that is in practice follows the rules of classification and staging that appear in The Seventh Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, which was released in 2009 with revisions implemented in January, 2010.

Stage I – The Butchart System

The tumor has not gone beyond the parietal pleura, which is the part of the pleura that connects to the chest wall. Also, it has not spread to regional lymph nodes. The tumor is considered to be operable; and survival rates are good for patients at this stage that have negative surgical margins and no lymph node involvement.

A surgical margin refers to an evaluation of a tumor that has been removed to see if normal tissue has been removed with it. If there is normal tissue that means the entire visible tumor has been removed. Keep in mind that microscopic cells may have been left behind, resulting in the need for chemotherapy/radiation. However, it is highly likely that these additional therapies will remove all of the remaining cancer cells.

Stage I – The TNM System

The TNM system is based on the evaluation of three components:

  • T- The extent of the primary tumor
  • N- Whether or not the tumor has spread (metastasized) into the regional lymph nodes and how extensively it has spread
  • M – Whether or not there is distant metastasis

Numbers are used in conjunction with each letter to indicate the extent of the disease. In stage I, the tumor is small and remains local. It has not metastasized to any lymph nodes or any other parts of the body.

Stage 1 is subcategorized into 1A and 1B:

  • Stage 1A – the tumor size is up to 3cm
  • Stage 1B – the tumor size is between 3 to 5cm

The tumor is considered operable and the prognosis is good with the addition of chemotherapy/radiation.

We Take Our Clients' Cases Personal

Helping Victims of Mesothelioma Is Why We Do What We Do
  • Your firm has made this stressful process easy and comfortable for me.

    “In this difficult time for me, everyone in your office has been helpful and supportive in ensuring that not only are our objectives with my case met but also that my personal needs are accommodated.”

    - Stephen
  • I couldn’t have done it without you.

    “My case was complex, but you untangled the details of my asbestos exposure so that they were clear in court.”

    - Sam
  • The professionals at Shrader & Associates did the work, hassle free, and ensured I was able to leave a legacy for my family.

    “I hesitated to file suit because I thought going to trial would be a hassle. The professionals at Shrader & Associates did the work, hassle-free, and ensured I was able to leave a legacy for my family ...”

    - Raymond
  • Your team stood by me throughout the entire process.

    “The future looks a bit brighter for my family now.”

    - Frank
  • Thanks to you, the grief of my loss would have been almost unbearable otherwise.

    “The wonderful things you have done for us, the things you have made possible for my family, the doors you have opened – I will always be grateful.”

    - Brian
/
  • HTLA
  • NADC Top 1%
  • America's Top 100
  • American Association for Justice Leaders Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Association for Justice
  • AV Peer Reviewed Rated
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mesopthelioma Applied Research Foundation
  • Illionois Trial Lawyers Assocation
  • MTLA
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice Leaders Forum 2021

Choosing the Right Law Firm is an Important & Personal Decision

Why Shrader & Associates?
  • AWARD-WINNING

    Our skilled approach to the practice of law has resulted in top ratings & awards from renowned legal organizations.

  • RESPECTED

    Our attorneys have been invited into some of the most prestigious and recognized professional associations in the U.S.

  • RECOGNIZED

    We’ve been featured on local and national news programs for our legal knowledge and winning results.

  • PROVEN

    To date, we’ve secured countless million-dollar results for clients located throughout the country.

The Right Team 
Makes a Difference

Mesothelioma cases require technical knowledge and an understanding of complex laws. An attorney with experience trying these claims and substantial resources to leverage on your behalf is your best bet to having a strong case. We are nationally recognized for providing quality representation to mesothelioma patients and their families.