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Mesothelioma Life Expectancy?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma. Life expectancy estimates depend on the type of mesothelioma, location of the tumor(s), age, gender, and overall health, including other pre-existing medical conditions.

The most important factor at diagnosis in determining life expectancy is the stage of the cancer. In general, the earlier the stage, the longer the life expectancy.

Based on previous cases, the average life expectancy broken down by stages is as follows:

Stage 1: Uncommonly early diagnosis when cancer is still localized and has not spread. Average life expectancy of 22 months or longer.

Stage 2: Cancer has spread to the lungs and/or other surrounding organs. Average life expectancy is 20 months or less.

Stage 3: Limited options for treatment as cancer has spread to lymph nodes, organs, and tissues. Average life expectancy is 18 months or less.

Stage 4: Cancer has spread to multiple organs throughout the body, as well as lymph nodes and tissues. Treatment options are extremely limited. Average life expectancy is 12 months or less.

Treatment options are available throughout all stages of the disease to prolong life, or for palliative care, however, options become more limited as the stage of cancer progresses.

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