Age does play a role in survival rates for mesothelioma in New Orleans.
While no one should draw individual conclusions from statistical data based on large groups, it is true that individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma before the age of 50 have a considerably better chance at surviving the first year after diagnosis (approximately 50%) than those who are older than 75 at diagnosis (approximately 30%).
Again, statistics apply to large groups, so whatever your age, you and your doctors will develop a mesothelioma treatment plan appropriate for you, designed to give you as much good time as possible – which can be many years.
There are a variety of reasons for the discrepancy in outcomes across age groups.
First, younger people tend to be in better overall health, and are often candidates for a wider selection of therapies than might be advisable for an older person diagnosed at the same stage of the disease.
Older patients often run a higher risk of complications from various treatments when compared to younger patients, but again, your own experience may vary.
Today, plenty of older Americans are in excellent shape and have prioritized their health and fitness for decades. Being otherwise fit when facing any diagnosis puts you in a much better position to treat it successfully, regardless of your age.
The attorneys at The Gertler Law Firm work with Louisiana families who face a diagnosis of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
We ensure that you have the resources to access the very best medical care in the country, and that your family is protected over the long term. Whatever your age, you deserve to fight mesothelioma.
Call us today at (504) 581-6411 for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans mesothelioma lawyer.