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What is the Life Expectancy of Someone with Mesothelioma?

The life expectancy of someone with mesothelioma depends on many factors, the most critical being the stage of the cancer. During diagnosis, the doctor will assess how progressed the disease is, which will determine that stage and prognosis for the patient.

Mesothelioma is measured in four stages, with stage 1 being the least progressed and stage 4 being the most.

Stage 1 mesothelioma is localized to the lining of the lung (the pleura). Aggressive and surgical treatments are available, and the average life expectancy is 22 months or longer.

In stage 2 mesothelioma, cancer has spread beyond its original location to nearby organs, such as the lung. Aggressive treatment options remain available with average life expectancies less than 20 months.

During stage 3 mesothelioma, cancer has begun to spread to lymph nodes and nearby tissues and organs. At this stage, treatment options become more limited, and average life expectancy is 18 months or less.

Stage 4 mesothelioma, the final stage of the disease, offers very limited treatment options as the disease has spread to farther away areas of the body, including lymph nodes, tissues, and organs. Treatment options are available; however, the primary focus at this stage is palliative care in order to reduce pain and increase comfort levels for the patient.

No one can predict how long a person will live with mesothelioma, as every case is unique. Other factors, such as age, gender, overall health, and tumor type and size, play a significant role in survival rates.

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