Mesothelioma Survival Rates


The survival rates of patients with mesothelioma are improving steadily thanks to the development of new treatments. Survival rates are used to inform patients about their prognosis. Here, we will talk about the mesothelioma survival rates and what factors influence a patient’s life expectancy.
How Long Can a Patient Live with Mesothelioma?

This is a frequently asked question by people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Below are the survival rates of mesothelioma, counted after the initial diagnosis.
·         1-year survival rate: 73% for pleural mesothelioma, 92% for peritoneal mesothelioma and 51% for pericardial mesothelioma
·         3-year survival rate: 23% for pleural mesothelioma, 74% for peritoneal mesothelioma and 26% for pericardial mesothelioma
·         5-year survival rate: 12% for pleural mesothelioma, 65% for peritoneal mesothelioma and 23% for pericardial mesothelioma

Factors Influencing Life Expectancy
There are three factors influencing life expectancy: Location, cell type and stage of cancer.

·         Location
There are three types of mesothelioma based on their location. They are pleural (in the lungs), peritoneal (in the abdomen) and pericardial (in the heart). Out of these three, the peritoneal mesothelioma has the best life expectancy which can last for several years, pleural can last for one or two year(s) while pericardial has the worst prognosis.

·    Cell Type
The cell type determines the speed of mesothelioma spread. There are three types: the most common and the slowest to spread is epithelioid, the rarest and fastest to spread is sarcomatoid and a combination of the two, which makes the life expectancy vary. 

·        Stage
Stage tells how advanced the cancer is. Patients with less advanced stage have a better life expectancy while patients with more advanced stage have a worse life expectancy.
The good news about mesothelioma life expectancy is that it increases steadily for the last two decades. The bad news is that treatments of mesothelioma cost a lot of money. If you have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace or if you are military personnel, it is possible to get compensation for your condition. To better improve your chance of getting compensation, you will need the best mesothelioma lawyer.

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