While there’s no one “typical mesothelioma” or a “typical prognosis,” for those in New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana, there are many factors that will contribute to an individual’s ability to fight the disease effectively.
Age and health status are two major pieces of the prognosis puzzle. A younger patient with no other serious health concerns will, in general, do better when facing mesothelioma than much older patients, who often have other ailments to contend with.
The type and location of mesothelioma is another consideration. Epithelial mesothelioma is the most common form, and the most treatable. Mesothelioma that occurs in the lining of the lungs, called pleural mesothelioma, is generally more treatable than that which occurs in the abdomen or other parts of the body.
Finally, the stage at which the cancer is caught is extremely significant in survival rates. Diagnosis at an early stage can add months or years of life after a mesothelioma diagnosis, which is why it’s so important that people who’ve worked in occupations where they may have been exposed to asbestos talk to their doctors about any unusual symptoms that develop.
Mesothelioma has a latency period that can last decades, and diagnosis often occurs after the cancer has spread from the initial area of growth. Once it metastasizes, it becomes much more difficult to treat effectively.
Five-year survival rates for mesothelioma have increased tremendously over the years, but today the number of five-year survivors stands around 10%. New treatments are being developed all the time, and the primary task your healthcare team will have is to keep you alive as long as possible to give you the best chance of benefiting from cutting edge treatment options. Many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are eligible to participate in clinical trials of new therapies.
A mesothelioma diagnosis is the starting point in your fight against a very dangerous cancer. At The Gertler Law Firm, we connect mesothelioma victims in New Orleans and Louisiana with the resources they need to protect themselves and their families as they fight for their lives.
Call (504) 581-6411 today to talk to an experienced New Orleans mesothelioma attorney.