Even with the latest medical advances, mesothelioma has a poor prognosis. The first question that those diagnosed have for their doctor is, "How long do I have?" The answer is not simple. While the average life expectancy is around 18 months, other factors will determine the time left and the overall quality of life.
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The Factors Involved in Mesothelioma Life Expectancy
Mesothelioma statistics involving survival rates vary from patient to patient and are based on a variety of factors, including:
- Latency period — Simply put, mesothelioma "hides" in the body for many years and decades. When symptoms finally arise, they are often mistaken as respiratory problems. When a diagnosis is finally made, the cancer has likely spread to other parts of the body.
- Stage of the disease — The higher the stage, the fewer treatment options that exist. A diagnosis at Stage 1 or Stage 2 improves the chances of survival for an extended amount of time. Stage 3 or Stage 4 mesothelioma means that the cancer is at a more deadly level.
- Area and types of mesothelioma — Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of this type of cancer and easier to treat. However, rarer pericardial mesothelioma presents challenges in treatment and a shorter life span for the patient. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients tend to live the longest on average.
- Operability of the tumor — Surgical procedures can possibly remove a tumor in early stage mesothelioma, depending on the age and health of a patient.
- Health — Older patients suffering from other medical problems have a lower survivability rate. Heart and kidney problems and other illnesses can limit treatment options.
- Treatment plan — An experienced and knowledgeable doctor implementing an aggressive treatment plan can impact the life expectancy and overall quality of that remaining time for their mesothelioma patients.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, immediate medical attention is vital. In addition, legal representation is important to hold an employer or manufacturer accountable for negligence in the form of asbestos exposure.
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