- Life Expectancy of Mesothelioma Patients
- January 6, 2014
- Law Firm: Brayton Purcell LLP - Novato Office
Although medical science has come a long way since patients were first being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the disease is still an incurable one today. This fatal form of cancer is often not discovered within a victim until it has progressed into other parts of the body. Symptoms can remain latent for ten to fifty years, and are most often mistaken as respiratory problems.
The average mesothelioma patient lives an average of one year after diagnosis, but this doesn't have to be the case for everyone. Several different factors can contribute towards mesothelioma patients living longer, healthier lives after diagnosis.
Latency Period: Early diagnosis is one of the keys to leading a longer life with mesothelioma. It is often the case that symptoms "hide" in the body for decades, at which point the cancer has spread to different areas of the body.
Stage of Disease: The higher the stage, the fewer treatment options that exist. Stage 1 & 2 improves the chances of less years lost, while Stages 3 & 4 are at a more deadly level.
Health: It is estimated that 75% of mesothelioma patients are senior citizens. It is essential that doctors catch the disease as early as possible, because different medical conditions of aging people can limit treatment options. Many mesothelioma patients also describe healthy diets and exercise as ways to live longer, healthier lives.
Treatment Plan: As we discussed above, early detection is the key to a longer life with mesothelioma. Depending on your health and what stage your mesothelioma has reached, you may be eligible for cutting-edge treatments that have worked wonders for other patients.