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How Long Can Someone Live With Mesothelioma?

Understanding The Prognosis of Mesothelioma

According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are diagnosed every year. Although mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, early detection is difficult to find since it can take between 20 and 50 years for symptoms to develop. This means that mesothelioma is typically not found in its early stages, leaving patients with many challenges in caring for their health. Here's what you need to know about living with mesothelioma and its prognosis.

The Survival Rate of Patients With Mesothelioma

To understand the survival rate of mesothelioma, The American Cancer Society explains how the SEER method (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) is used to estimate the percentage of people who survive at least five years after diagnosis. The method compares the same type and stage of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in those still alive within five years after diagnosis.

The SEER database tracks 5-year relative survival rates for MPM in the U.S. based on how far the cancer is spread and is grouped into three stages:

  • Localized: The cancer is limited to the pleura.
  • Regional: The cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or nearby areas.
  • Distant: The cancer spreads to distant parts of the body, such as the bones or liver.

How long someone can live depends on the particular circumstances of their case. However, knowing the statistics on mesothelioma survival rates can give patients a better understanding of how likely their treatment will be successful and help them take charge of their treatments and health care. Read on to learn more about the statistics about the 5-year relative survival rates related to mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Relative-Survival Rate Statistics

The latest statistics published by Cancer.Net state the following facts relating to the 5-year survival rates of MPM:

  • The 5-year survival rate of people with mesothelioma is 10%.
  • If mesothelioma is found early in its localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 18%.
  • If the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or nearby areas, the 5-year survival rate is 12%.
  • If the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 7%.

Fast Fact: The average age for a pleural malignant mesothelioma diagnosis is 72, and the number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S. is declining.

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