Why Is Mesothelioma So Deadly?November 5, 2019
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has an average life expectancy of about 2 years. While roughly 20% of patients survive around 5 years, mesothelioma is still among the deadliest types of cancer.1 Here’s why.
3 Reasons Mesothelioma Is Incurable
- Mesothelioma, like other cancers, has no cure: This is primarily due to the complexity of these conditions. Like any form of cancer, mesothelioma can arise from a combination of factors that have caused cell damage and mutations. While there are various ways to treat these conditions and try to prevent them from spreading, researchers are still working to find a cure for them.
Given that anything from genetic factors to environmental and lifestyle factors can contribute to mesothelioma and other cancers, one of the latest innovations has been the move towards individualized mesothelioma cancer therapies.2
- Early stages of mesothelioma have mild or no symptoms: In stage 1, mesothelioma has started to develop, but it commonly doesn’t present any symptoms. When symptoms do start to appear, they are often general and mild.
That often means that mesothelioma is extremely difficult to accurately diagnose in early stages—and that it’s commonly misdiagnosed as other conditions, like asthma.
- Most mesothelioma diagnoses occur during stage 3: By stage 3, mesothelioma has usually become distinct enough to detect through imaging tests and other diagnostic tests. At this stage (and beyond), however, mesothelioma is more likely to have spread. Once mesothelioma has spread (or metastasized), it’s much more difficult to treat, and the 2-year survival rate is about 22%.1
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5 Ways to Improve the Chances of Surviving Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma patients can do a lot to improve their quality of life, as well as their life expectancy, after a diagnosis. Here’s what experts recommend:1
- Know the symptoms of mesothelioma: If you or a loved one has a history of asbestos exposure, make sure you’re familiar with the symptoms so you can seek treatment ASAP if you start to notice them. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the easier it can be to treat.
- Follow through with all prescribed medical treatments: Given how aggressive mesothelioma is, taking an aggressive approach to treatment can be key to the best possible outcomes. In many cases, treatment will mean surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Some research has found that chemotherapy alone can triple the survival rates of those with peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma.
- Stop smoking: There has been no evidence to suggest that smoking causes mesothelioma. Studies have, however, showing that quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer in those who experience greater levels of asbestos exposure.3
- Know and use your support system: Whether it’s family, friends, a therapist, or a group, make sure you have a support system you can lean on. Mesothelioma can come with psychological impacts, and a strong support system can be pivotal helping you get through those.
- Consider alternative treatments: This can include anything from massage or acupuncture to clinical trials. These options may help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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