The earlier your doctor gives you a mesothelioma diagnosis, the better your chances are of surviving. Your treatment options and prognosis are typically more favorable in comparison to someone who gets a diagnosis at a later stage. Typically, most patients go to the doctor with the symptoms of either chest or abdominal pain along with difficulty breathing.
If you worked around asbestos, consider a mesothelioma screening as soon as possible. Exposure to asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma. Several blood tests exist to identify and detect mesothelioma. These blood tests check for a particular protein found in the blood known as soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP). If your blood comes back with this biomarker, you may receive a mesothelioma diagnosis. An early screening and test for mesothelioma can help you obtain a better prognosis.
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Factors That May Affect Mesothelioma Life Expectancy
Doctors consider malignant mesothelioma always fatal. Although, several factors can significantly affect your life expectancy. Some factors that determine the life expectancy of a person with mesothelioma are:
- A person’s age at diagnosis.
- Whether the patient smokes cigarettes.
- Patient’s overall health.
- Type of mesothelioma.
- Stage of mesothelioma.
Your quality of life prior to your diagnosis can affect your life expectancy rates.
The American Cancer Society suggests that all cancer patients should prioritize a healthy diet. A diet full of fruits and vegetables and low in processed food and red meats can help strengthen your immune system against the illness. Exercise and the elimination of smoking might also help prolong life expectancy.
Older patients are more likely to develop mesothelioma. The younger a patient is when they receive a diagnosis, the easier it may be for their body to cope with mesothelioma treatments.
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According to the National Cancer Institute, “many studies have shown that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure is particularly hazardous.” Doctors recommend mesothelioma patients quit smoking. This is one way to improve your lungs’ health and your mesothelioma diagnosis.
Location and Type of Mesothelioma
Your cancer’s location can affect your life expectancy. Pleural mesothelioma patients have a shorter life expectancy than peritoneal mesothelioma patients.
Factors influencing malignant mesothelioma survival: a retrospective review of the National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank cohort reports that life expectancies range from 21 months for stage 1 to 12 months for stage IV pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients can survive as long as 60 months.
Always remember that statistics do not necessarily reflect your personal outcome.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, which you believe stems from asbestos exposure, give us a call. We can help you recover compensation for your injury. Contact the attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you understand your rights. We can help you with your next steps. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to use our services.