The stage at which a mesothelioma patient is diagnosed can have a very big impact on the prospects for long-term survival. Receiving a diagnosis during the early stage not only influences a patient’s chances of beating the cancer, but improves their odds of positively responding to treatment.
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What’s the problem?
The best way to avoid a poor mesothelioma prognosis is through early detection. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is not generally diagnosed until the latest stages of development because of the amount of time it takes for patients to display symptoms associated with the disease. As a result, the prognosis for the majority of patients is poor, but many doctors can recommend treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to help combat the disease.
Doctors usually address mesothelioma in terms of stages, ranging from stage one to stage four. Unfortunately, once the cancer has reached stage three or four, treatment options not only become more limited but less effective as well. In addition to the stage of cancer and the age of the patient, other factors that affect prognosis include:
- The type of mesothelioma
- The size of the tumor
- The location of the tumor and whether it can be surgically removed
- The extent of other symptoms, including fluid in the lungs or abdomen
- Whether or not the patient is a smoker
Malignant mesothelioma is typically diagnosed in individuals over 55 years old, though there are some exceptions. Some patients already have multiple medical problems caused by advancing age, making treatment even more difficult.
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