Before we discuss the prognosis for people with mesothelioma, it's important to remember that a prognosis is an expected or likely outcome: it's not a definite outcome.
There are many factors that will influence how this disease impacts your quality of life and life expectancy.
Survival Rates for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Currently, the American Cancer Society only provides survival rates for malignant pleural mesothelioma. For this condition, there is currently a:
- 46 percent two-year survival rate and a 16 percent five-year survival rate for stage IA mesothelioma.
- 41 percent two-year survival rate and a 13 percent five-year survival rate for stage IB mesothelioma.
- 38 percent two-year survival rate and a 10 percent five-year survival rate for stage II mesothelioma.
- 30 percent two-year survival rate and an 8 percent five-year survival rate for stage IIIA mesothelioma.
- 26 percent two-year survival rate and a 5 percent five-year survival rate for stage IIIB mesothelioma.
- 17 percent two-year survival rate and a less than 1 percent five-year survival rate for stage IV mesothelioma.
Of course, these estimates don't tell you exactly what will happen to you or your loved one.
Factors That Influence a Mesothelioma Prognosis
Since not everyone with mesothelioma has the same prognosis, it's important to understand the factors that influence an individual's unique circumstances. These factors include:
- Your age
- Your gender
- The stage of your cancer diagnosis
- Location of the disease
- The type of mesothelioma cells in your body
- Your health prior to the diagnosis
- Your physicians and their philosophies
- The treatment you receive
- If you participate in a clinical trial and whether that process is effective
- Whether you lead a healthy lifestyle which includes proper diet and adequate exercise
Your doctor can explain how each of these factors impacts your personal prognosis.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer Regardless of Your Prognosis
Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers help people who may have weeks, months, or years to live. Regardless of your prognosis, you have the right to pursue a fair legal recovery.
Contact us online today or call our office directly at 318.541.8188 for a free, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to hire us and we take your case, you won't owe any legal fees until your case is resolved. At that time, we'll receive a percentage of your recovery, as determined by prior agreement.
Neither your prognosis nor any financial concerns should prevent you from seeking justice. We're ready to help protect you and your family every step of the way.