A mesothelioma diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. In the wake of such a diagnosis, many patients’ first thought is: How long do I have to live?
The life expectancy for cancer varies greatly depending on the type and stage of the cancer, your age, your gender, and your overall health.
Below, we discuss the average life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is particularly dangerous because of its long latency period. This means that the cancer can develop and spread without showing any symptoms for decades. This makes treatment significantly more difficult.
Additionally, many of the early warning signs of mesothelioma, such as cough, difficulty breathing, and more, are often mistaken for the common cold. This can lead to a delayed diagnosis and a worse prognosis.
To that end, the average life expectancy for a mesothelioma patient after their diagnosis is approximately six to 18 months.
Another statistic to keep in mind is mesothelioma’s “relative survival rate.” The relative survival rate indicates a cancer patient’s likelihood of living a certain number of years after their diagnosis when compared to a healthy person from the general population.
According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rates for mesothelioma are as follows:
- Localized (the cancer is limited to the pleura): 20%
- Regional (the cancer has spread to nearby structures): 12%
- Distant (the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body): 8%
If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, you may be wondering how you’ll come up with the funds to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and family support.
Our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys are passionate about helping mesothelioma patients through difficult times, and we’re here for you, too.
Contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. at (844) 383-0565 to schedule a free consultation.