Mesothelioma, a cancer of mesothelial tissue, associated especially with exposure to asbestos, has nearly killed over 30,000 Americans between 1999 and 2010.
Report revealed that about 40 percent of U.S. patients live to the one year mark. By the second year, about 20 percent of patients are still alive. And by the third year, the number is 8 percent.
Below is the list of things you need to know about survival rates
1). How do Mesothelioma patients survive?
A report by asbestos, revealed that about 40 percent of patients survive the first year after diagnosis. Survival rate depends on many factors, including age, cancer stage, cancer type, race and gender.
Long-term survivors attribute their success to treatment from a mesothelioma specialist, alternative medicine and nutritional changes.
2). How do survival rate measured?
Researchers describe the mesothelioma survival rate in several ways. They usually talk about it in terms of one-year survival, the percentage of people who survive for a year after diagnosis.
Through their studies, they also look at longer survival times, including the number of people who live two years, three years and five years.
Although many patients want to know if mesothelioma is curable, but survival rates vary by the patient’s age, gender, race and several other factors.
Asbestos report throw more lights on the survival rate by Age, Gender, Race, and other factors.
Overall, older mesothelioma patients have a much lower survival rate than younger ones. More than 50 percent of patients diagnosed before the age of 50 live one year, but less than 33 percent of patients 75 or older live the same amount of time. Rates are similar for long-term survival. Younger patients have a 20 percent chance of surviving a decade; older individuals have a 1 percent chance.
Research shows that women with pleural mesothelioma experience nearly three-fold better survival rate compared to men. After analyzing more than 14,000 pleural mesothelioma cases reported in the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database from 1973 to 2009, researchers found that the overall five-year survival rate for men was 4.5 percent, compared with 13.4 percent for women.
Mesothelioma is almost exclusive to white individuals, who make up 95 percent of patients. This vast difference may be in large part because black and Hispanic individuals are less likely to be diagnosed with any type of cancer, mesothelioma included. Data from SEER state that African-Americans and Hispanics account for only 8 percent of all cancer diagnoses.
While other factors include Stage, Cancer Site, Location and Histology which will be discuss in our next article on mesothelioma survival rates.
Meanwhile, in conclusion, researchers finds out that Early-stage patients who receive prompt treatment are likely the survivals. Many who survived Mesothelioma diagnosis, tell their stories.
Read their full stories here
In addition, Ms Katherine Keys a survival of mesothelioma. Says she have been fighting mesothelioma cancer for the past 10 years.
According to her, she got mesothelioma cancer when she got exposed to asbestos being spread into the air when the office where she was working was remodeled.
“At the age of 49 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Pleural Mesothelioma and was told I had less than two years to live. But I was determined to stay positive and beat this cancer against all odds! My treatment included having my right lung and the lining of the lung removed–a major surgical procedure. Soon after, I began several months of radiation therapy.
“I am overjoyed to say that my fight paid off and now 10 years later I am still cancer free! But I know I did not face this battle alone. The doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are true miracle workers and I am forever grateful to them.
“I was also helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. Not only did they help me obtain financial compensation which helped with my treatments and quality of life, they genuinely care about my well-being. I am proud to call them my friends and they continue to stand by my side as I fight mesothelioma.
“I feel it is my duty to give back to the community–to let people with asbestos diseases know they are not alone. There is help available, Ms Katherine Keys added.