Survival rate in case of a mesothelioma cancer is very low, it is dreadful for patients and their respective families. The sad part is that there are almost 3000 people diagnosed with the disease year after year, and hardly 300-500 of them manage to survive.
New experimental treatments are worked to reduce that number. American Cancer Society concluded that patients diagnosed with mesothelioma can survive for a longer duration than before.
You should consider the latency period with respect to the survival rate of mesothelioma.
Latency period is one of the major factors in the survival rate. The period from the time when the patient is exposed to asbestos to the symptoms of mesothelioma is considered as latency period. The time span between the latency periods is from 20 to 50 years. Usually, it is high in case of mesothelioma by which time it will spread to advanced stage.
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More about Latency Period
It is very much necessary to go to a doctor when the symptoms start. If you are under latency period, then seek doctor’s advice and inform him about the exposure towards asbestos. Another factor to be considered for survival rate is the stage when it is diagnosed.
Stage one and stage two have better survival rates and this is because the disease gets diagnosed in early stages.
Stage 3 and stage 4 have very low survival rates due to advanced growth in cancer. There are many treatment options available. Cancers also spread to other organs and it is impossible battle within the human body.
So, it is recommendable to learn the symptoms at early stages and educate yourself to prevent the disease.
Other factors that should be considered for survival rate are:
- Patient’s age when diagnosed
- Smoking habits in patient
- Patient’s health at the time of diagnosis
- Size of tumor and its condition
Timely treatments have greatly helped in improving survival rate of many patients. Other treatments in this process (like radiotherapy and chemotherapy) will be rather more aggressive when compared to surgery. It varies accordingly from one person to another. Some survivors had succeeded with the other therapies that aim at strengthening the immune system as well as boost the well-being. Other therapies include acupuncture, yoga, massage, and other nutritional supplements.