Statistics on life expectancy can be a source of complacency for some, and a source of anxiety for others. Life expectancy in the general population is 78 years, though this number can be affected by various factors, including sex and overall health. Among cancer patients, life expectancy depends on both the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the particulars of treatment. In some cases, cancer patients have a strong chance of survival, while others do not.
Among mesothelioma patients, life expectancy is an average of 61, significantly less than the general population. Like any form of cancer, prognosis for mesothelimoa depends on how early the condition is caught, where the cancer is located, and the type of treatment pursued.
Pleural mesothelioma, which is located in the lining of the lungs, is usually diagnosed in later stages, which means prognosis is usually poor. Prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma, which is located in the abdomen, is often poor, though it depends on the specifics of the patient’s situation, including the availability of new treatments which have proven to be more effective. Some types of mesothelioma, such as pericardial (heart) mesothelioma, may not even be diagnosed until an autopsy is performed, though this isn’t always the case.
Survivorship can vary considerably for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. In some cases, patients pass away within months, while others live five or ten years after their original prognosis. It depends on the totality of the circumstances for each patient.
Whatever a mesothelioma patient’s prognosis and life expectancy, it is important that he or she has the opportunity to seek fair compensation from those responsible for causing asbestos exposure. Treatment of mesothelioma, as with any form of cancer, can be costly. Mesothelioma victims shouldn’t have to add these expenses to their list of things to worry about. Working with experienced legal counsel can help ensure they have strong legal representation and the best possible opportunity to obtain fair compensation.
Mesothelioma Research News, “How Mesothelioma Affects Life Expectancy,” Becca Handley, August 8, 2017.
Mesothelioma.com, Mesothelioma Type by Location, Accessed August 16, 2017.