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Stage 1 Pleural Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

During stage 1 of pleural mesothelioma, cancerous tumors have formed in the lining of the lung(s). Stage 1 is the earliest stage of diagnosis for mesothelioma and the stage with the best prognosis and most aggressive treatment options.

A stage 1 diagnosis means cancer has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. Although, cancer may have spread to lung tissue under the lining or the chest wall, or the space between the lungs.

There are various treatment options available to stage 1 pleural mesothelioma patients, including surgery to remove the cancer (if the individual is a candidate), chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the three.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma regardless of the stage, but advancements in medicine are allowing mesothelioma patients to live longer while doctors diligently to find a cure.

There are many factors which contribute to life expectancy estimations for stage 1 pleural mesothelioma, including:

  • Tumor type and location
  • Cell type
  • Overall health and medical history
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Lifestyle choices (such as smoking)
  • The life expectancy for a stage 1 pleural mesothelioma patient is 21-40 months. However, no one can predict how long someone will live with this terminal disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma is the key to extending life.

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