Mesothelioma Prognosis Generally Poor
Most patients have a poor mesothelioma prognosis by the time they are diagnosed simply because the disease has usually advanced to one of the later stages by the time it is properly identified. A proper prognosis can only be determined by a health care professional, however, because each individual case has its own progress and pattern.
Prognosis is defined as the probable result of your disease how long you are likely to survive, how well you are likely to respond to treatment and whether you will see an improvement of your mesothelioma symptoms. Prognosis is based not only on your individual symptoms but on statistical information for your particular disease. Because there is still no cure for asbestos related cancers, any prognosis is generally poor.
Why a Mesothelioma Prognosis Usually Isnt Good
Most patients with mesothelioma dont seek medical care until they are in the later stages of the illness. By the time they are diagnosed they are usually in the end stage (when treatment focuses on comfort rather than treatment) or in the stage just before this, when mesothelioma treatment options are limited. Most cancers have a significantly better prognosis when caught early, before the cancer has had a chance to spread.
Although the figures can vary based on the type of treatments used, the age and relative health of the patient and whether the patient tries new and experimental treatments, the general statistics below reflect the consensus of most medical research and patient records for general prognosis of mesothelioma:
- Only ten percent of mesothelioma patients (including pleural, peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma sufferers) will survive beyond three years after diagnosis.
- Only five percent of patients will survive beyond the fifth year after diagnosis.
- The average prognosis puts survival for the typical mesothelioma patient at about one year to eighteen months after diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos cancer, talk to your doctor about your prognosis and alternative mesothelioma treatments you may be able to improve your prognosis with appropriate care.
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