Section IV: Mesothelioma Life Expectancy Can be Just a Couple of Years
This month, we will explore mesothelioma in a series dedicated to the lifecycle of mesothelioma. This lifecycle will include discussions in phases of the disease and also discussions involving a victim’s legal rights and what type of legal representation is the best for successful trial or settlement.
Articles in Section I will include discussions on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma symptoms and the effects of the disease on the veteran community with asbestos on navy ships and veterans with mesothelioma.
Articles in Section II will provide information on receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, mesothelioma prognosis, malignant mesothelioma and the types of mesothelioma such as peritoneal mesothelioma.
Articles in Section III will detail how to find a mesothelioma attorney. There are many types of asbestos law firms fighting these types of tort cases. Any victim of mesothelioma should know it is important to recognize the characteristics to look for when securing an asbestos cancer lawyer, mesothelioma lawyer, an asbestos law firm or any attorney for mesothelioma.
Articles in Section IV will discuss information pertaining to the mesothelioma survival rate and mesothelioma life expectancy. Both topics are difficult to embrace but necessary to know so that affairs can be put in order.
All articles in this series are designed to provide you with helpful information in dealing with mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma life expectancy is statistically measured as the number of years of life an individual will survive – specifically after a mesothelioma diagnosis. This can be influenced by many factors such as gender and lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the mesothelioma survival rate is around 2 years. Every individual has pros and cons working for them, so it is hard to pinpoint an exact amount of time for anyone. But using statistics, there are some general observations that can be obtained.
Currently available therapies have shown an impact to life expectancy in patients depending on the stage of the cancer in which a patient has been diagnosed. Aggressive therapies are used to treat mesothelioma. These include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and specialists that use these therapies, or a combination of these therapies, to treat their patients report a longer than average mesothelioma life expectancy.
Statistics, however, also show that a majority of patients succumb to respiratory failure caused by a tumor extending beyond the pleura with pleural mesothelioma, a small bowel obstruction caused by a tumor in the abdominal cavity extending below the diaphragm with peritoneal mesothelioma, or heart failure or irregular heart beat caused by a tumor in the sac surrounding the heart extending into the heart muscle for patients with pericardial mesothelioma.
New methods are being established to diagnose the disease at an early stage. It can then be treated more aggressively than current therapeutic agents. This will ultimately increase mesothelioma life expectancy.