A few years ago, doctors and patients considered mesothelioma to be a death sentence. This rare and aggressive form of cancer had claimed thousands of lives, which explains the assumption. During this time, doctors had limited knowledge about how to treat the disease and because of its rarity, only limited research had been performed.
Today however, mesothelioma is no longer considered to be a death sentence– doctors have gained extensive knowledge about the disease and the countless treatments available have significantly improved the survival rates of victims.
In fact, we have numerous cases of victims who after undergoing treatment and various forms of healing therapies, they have managed to beat the disease. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, seeing the disease as a death sentence isn’t encouraging at all– there are more than enough success stories out there to give you enough hope to help you fight through.
Why is Mesothelioma no Longer a Death Sentence?
There are Effective Treatment Options Available
While it’s true that mesothelioma has no cure for the vast majority of patients diagnosed with the disease, much progress has been made in the development of new treatments and on early detection. As a result, the survival rates of victims have been steadily increasing. As of now, the average survival rate of the disease ranges from 12-21 month or more as each case is different. The survival rate is much better with early diagnosis.
A Number of Factors Affect the Survival Rate of Patients
There are different factors that affect how long patients can live with the disease. These factors are further proof that mesothelioma is no longer a death sentence.
One of these factors is the type of mesothelioma. Patients who have been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma have a better survival rate compared to those with pleural mesothelioma and/or pericardial mesothelioma. One study found that only 4.7% of patients with pleural mesothelioma can survive up to 10 years while 39% of those with peritoneal mesothelioma can survive up to this period. However, due to new advanced treatments and clinical trials, these numbers are expected to rise in a few years.
A 2015 meta-study looked at 20 years worth of results from 1992 – 2012, and during that period the two major forms of mesothelioma (pleural and peritoneal) have both seen an improvement in survivorship(1).
The stage of mesothelioma at diagnosis is another factor. Patients who are diagnosed at an early stage (Stage 1 or Stage 2) have a better chance of beating the cancer compared to those diagnosed at Stage 4. (See: mesothelioma stage 4)
The age of the patient can also affect their survival rate where younger patients generally have high rates of survival compared to older patients.
The race of the patient also affects their long-term survival rate where studies indicate that African-Americans have a slightly longer survival rate- about 5 years compared to Caucasian mesothelioma patients.
Other factors include sex where women have a slightly higher 5-years survival rate compared to men, overall health the of patient, and genetics.
Improving diet and exercise can help improve your survival rate
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, one of the most important things you can do to improve your prognosis is by improving your diet by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise. A good diet can provide your body with the necessary nutrients for boosting the immune system while regular exercise can increase body strength. Patients who adjust their diets and get regular exercise generally liver much longer compared to those who don’t.
There are Numerous Success Survival Stories of Mesothelioma
Thanks to numerous treatment options and clinical trials, many mesothelioma patients have long survived the disease. These are strong men and women out there who have managed to beat the disease and lived years beyond their initial diagnosis. So the next time you feel like giving up, think about these survivors and how you can beat the disease too.
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