Improving Prognosis of Mesothelioma
Has Your Prognosis of Mesothelioma Improved?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen, and exposure to asbestos is the primary cause for mesothelioma. Fortunately there are certain actions patients can take to improve their prognosis, since typical prognoses are 12-20 months depending on the stage of the disease. The key is to take advantage of aggressive treatments and clinical trials to conquer the disease.
Understanding what is included in a prognosis can help patients make healthcare decisions that improve their life expectancy. The most important decision a patient can make is to take advantage of factors within their control.
Surgery is the most therapeutic treatment option available in improving prognosis. The average prognosis of Mesothelioma for a person with late stage pleural mesothelioma is 10 to 12 months, however, those treated with surgery and radiation can beat their prognosis by over 2 years. Next, the prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma has improved over the past 10 years. Patients treated with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) often outlive their prognosis by 2-7 years. Lastly, due to its rarity, the prognosis for pericardial mesothelioma is quite poor, but patients may be able to outlast their prognosis by finding a specialist and seeking aggressive treatment. Patients not eligible for surgery can take advantage of traditional cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, or gain access to exclusive treatments in clinical trials.
One of the most important factors in improving prognosis is to choose the right mesothelioma specialist. There are doctors who specialize in mesothelioma in several parts of the country who can improve your prognosis.
A patient’s healthy immune system is beneficial in managing treatments such as chemotherapy and fighting off diseases. Continuing to make healthy choices and actively working to improve and maintain personal health after a diagnosis can make a significant impact on the patient’s life expectancy.
Second opinions are also extremely important after receiving a diagnosis. Some doctors may not offer certain treatments if they think the risks outweigh the benefits. However, getting a second opinion may offer the patient an opportunity to receive alternative treatments to save his/her life.
The dedicated attorneys at Madeksho Law Firm, PLLC have over 40 years of legal experience representing those diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. They can help you receive the compensation you deserve.