Malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy can largely depend on how advanced the malignant cancer is. Malignant pleural mesothelioma cancer is the most common form of this very rare cancer. Only 2,000 to 3,000 people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Malignant pleural mesothelioma cancer is a lung cancer, that affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs. The pleura is a very thin layer of tissue that lines the chest and covers the lungs.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy is pretty short, because symptoms of the cancer usually doesn't develop until its too late. That's not to say all hope should be loss, but family and loved ones should also prepare for the worst. Pleural mesothelioma gets broken into two different types on of cancer: malignant and benign mesothelioma cancer. Malignant starts in the lungs, then spreads to the chest, and continues to spread through other organs, while the cancer continues to invade healthy cells in the tissue. Malignant cancer continues to spread to healthy cells. Which explains why malignant meothelioma pleural life expectancy is rather short, since the cancer has done most of its destruction when it's been diagnosed.
Benign cancer is known as a noncancerous tumor, that doesn't spread throughout the body like malignant cancer. Benign pleural mesothelioma, despite the name "benign" can still be a dangerous cancer that can cause havoc. The causes of bengin mesotheliom and mesothelioma are different. Benign mesothelioma is so rare, that only 10% of mesothelioma is benign. Symptoms are usually non-existent, but can include chest pain, coughing, and nausea. The cancer appears in the cells in the lining of the abdomen. Doctors also refer to it as solitary fibrous tumor of the pertioneum. Benign pleural mesothelioma life expectancy is much higher, since the cancer doesn't spread.
Why is it that malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy is so short and what are the causes?
Malignant pleural mesothelioma symptoms doesn't usually develop until the cancer has spread, and is well advanced. That's the unfortunate part, which it explains why malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy is so short. The number one cause of mesothelioma comes from asbestos, a mineral fiber, when released into the air, and inhaled, can lead to mesothelioma. A person can inhale the fiber particle from working with asbestos, or living with someone who works with asbestos, who brought the particle home unknowingly. A person can inhale it just once, and potentially develop mesothelioma.
A person can take up to 50 years after being exposed to asbestos, before developing mesothelioma. Other things can increase your risk of mesothelioma, like smoking, alcohol, and poor diet nutrition. Most work places who work with asbestos, have a protocol on avoiding asbestos exposure, and preventing the person working with it from being exposed, and carrying fibers of the mineral away from the workplace.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma symptoms
Pleural mesothelioma symptoms can include chest pain, painful coughing, coughing up blood, weight loss, nausea, shortness of breath, asthma, chest pain, and difficulty of breathing. Symptoms can mimic other poor respiratory health conditions. Scans, X-rays, and a CT scan of your chest will be used to diagnosed pleural mesothelioma. Other tests like magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography can be used to help diagnosed what stage the pleural mesothelioma cancer is in.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy
Malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy will depend on the stage of the cancer. Since symptoms usually don't develop in most cases when the cancer is advance, malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy can rage from months, to a year. Treatments like radiation and chemotherapy have been known to extent malignant pleural mesothelioma life expectancy up to five years. Most people who are diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, are already in stages 3 or 4, and responding to treatments aren't as responsive. The median survival rate is 242 days. Most women diagnosed are over the age of 60, where men are over the age of 55.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma survival rate
I've listed some malignant pleural mesothelioma survival rate studies at the bottom, to show the survival rate of some patients after being diagnosed. The best treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma is expanding your treatment options by considering holistic medicine, along with conventional medicine. You may feel it's too late in the game, but medical science has made quite a bit of improvement in treating mesothelioma.
Holistic treatments shouldn't be seen as hopeless treatment as well. There's some very powerful, and strong herbs that are cancers worst enemy that doesn't come with the harmful side effects as conventional medicine. Alternative medicine is not hopeless treatment. Also, understand the survival rate doesn't always ballpark exactly your condition. Most people diagnosed are older who are in their 60's, to 70's already. Other health ailments can play apart in their death or survival as well. Early diagnose increases your life expectancy.
- 10% of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma will be alive after 3 years. 5% will be alive after 5 years
- 45% of patients with plueral mesothelioma who've received surgery removal of the pluera and lung, received both radiotherapy and chemotherapy were alive after two years. 20% were alive after 5 years.
- 50% will survive if mesothelioma is detected in the early stages 2 years later. 20% will survive 5 years later.
Survival rate and malignant plueral mesothelioma life expectancy for each stage
Stage 1: Limited to one portion of the lining of the pleura. The life expectancy after 5 years is very promising, up to 50%.
Stage 2: The mesothelioma has begun to spread. The average life expectancy is between 2-4 years.
Stage 3: The advancement of the cancer has continue to spread to other organs and tissues. Usually it has spread to the lymph node as this point. Symptoms might start to be noticeable. The average life expectancy is 6-8 months.
Stage 4: The cancer has metastasized, and has spread to the brain, chest, lymph nodes, and abdomen. At this point patients don't respond as well to treatment, and the mesothelioma is well advanced. The average life expectancy is 6 months or less.