Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that can take decades to develop. This illness is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in several industries due to its insulating and heat-resistance properties. When asbestos is disturbed, asbestos fibers are released into the atmosphere. When these fibers are inhaled or ingested, they get stuck in the body. Over time, these fibers can result in scarring and inflammation, leading to mesothelioma development. While mesothelioma is an aggressive disease, it is not always fatal. As researchers continue to learn more about mesothelioma, the survival rate continues to rise. Presently, more mesothelioma patients live for at least 12 months after diagnosis than ever before.
The prognosis for mesothelioma is the likely outcome or course of mesothelioma. It is the estimation or prediction made by a mesothelioma specialist about the likely progression of the illness based on numerous factors. While the prognosis for mesothelioma can vary depending on various factors, the average survival is around 12 to 21 months after diagnosis. Depending on various factors, a person may even exceed these average survival rates. There have been several cases where people have lived longer than expected.
Factors That Influence Mesothelioma Survival
As mentioned already, the prognosis for mesothelioma can vary depending on numerous factors. The following are some of the factors that can influence mesothelioma survival;
● Mesothelioma type: Different types of mesothelioma respond differently to treatment and have varying survival rates. For instance, peritoneal mesothelioma may respond to treatment better than other types of mesothelioma, giving patients a better prognosis.
● Stage at diagnosis: Whether mesothelioma is detected early or after it is in a more advanced stage can affect a patient's prognosis. Early detection can improve the chances of successful treatment and potentially lead to a patient surviving longer.
● Age at diagnosis: Generally, younger people have a slightly better prognosis compared to older people.
● Overall health: Patients who are in otherwise good health tend to have a longer life expectancy.
● Tumor characteristics: For example, the location and size of the tumor can impact the effectiveness of treatment and, thus, the survival rate.
● Smoking habits: Mesothelioma patients who don't smoke have been found to have a longer life expectancy than those who smoke.
Mesothelioma Treatment Options To Improve Prognosis
There is still no cure for mesothelioma. Fortunately, there are several treatment options that can help improve a patient's chances of survival. The following are some of the common treatments for mesothelioma;
● Radiation therapy
Without treatment, the prognosis for mesothelioma tends to be poor. Without treatment, mesothelioma can progress rapidly, leading to worsening symptoms and a deterioration in health. However, while treatment can improve prognosis, the effectiveness of treatment varies from patient to patient depending on various factors, including overall health, the type of mesothelioma, and response to treatment.
Mesothelioma treatments can be used alone or in combination, depending on the circumstances of every case. Mesothelioma specialists usually tailor treatment plans to meet individual needs. It is crucial for mesothelioma patients to discuss treatment options with a medical professional experienced in treating mesothelioma.
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.