There are a number of factors involved in determining the life expectancy of mesothelioma cancer patients, and every patient has a unique case. Because medical professionals are in a constant search for advances in treatment options and ways to increase the life expectancy of mesothelioma patients, affected individuals today have a far better outlook than just five years ago.
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What’s the problem?
Research scientists and doctors have struggled to improve the life expectancy for mesothelioma patients for decades. While there is no definitive cure for mesothelioma, patients may elect to undergo intensive treatment that may help prolong their life expectancy or improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Factors Affecting Mesothelioma Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of a mesothelioma patient is affected by numerous factors including:
- Age of diagnosis – Age plays a huge role in life expectancy. Younger patients are usually physically stronger and may have few other health concerns and are more easily treated. Older mesothelioma victims, on the other hand, may already be plagued with a number of other ailments that affect the geriatric population, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
- Latency – Mesothelioma latency is usually estimated as being roughly 15 to 40 years, although there have been cases in which the mesothelioma cancer latency was as short as five years and as long as 50 years after the exposure to asbestos fibers occurred.
- Smoking – Smoking and asbestos exposure (whether it is in the present or many years ago) is a very serious combination. The repercussions may include lung cancer or lung-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.
- Types of mesothelioma – There are three major types of mesothelioma an individual can develop. The most common form is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. Other forms of the disease include peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma, which affect the lining of the abdomen and heart. Since pleural mesothelioma affects the most mesothelioma patients, more knowledge and research about this form of the cancer is present to utilize when detailing a treatment plan, often times making a pleural life expectancy much longer.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
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