Mesothelioma is the deadliest type of cancer arising due to the inhalation or ingestion of unseen microscopic asbestos fibers, over a time period. it is the most deadly of all cancers. Any direct or indirect asbestos exposure can be the cause of mesothelioma cancer. Direct asbestos exposure may happen when asbestos mine workers, ship builders, construction workers, ship breakers, clutch or brake liner workers, building renovators, mechanics come in to contact with asbestos fibers directly. Indirect asbestos exposure takes place when relatives & friends of those who have been directly exposed come in to contact with him.
The average mesothelioma life expectancy, for patients at the time of diagnosis is about one year. One of the major factors which influences the mesothelioma life expectancy is the stage to which the mesothelioma has advanced. Here is the stage-wise overview of mesothelioma life expectancy.
Stage I: In this preliminary stage of mesothelioma, just one layer of the pleura is affected and the cancer may have spread to the pericardium or diaphragm. Mesothelioma life expectancy for this stage can be estimated as '50% of the patients diagnosed can live another 5 years if treated aggressively'.
Stage II: In this second stage of mesothelioma, both layers of the pleura are seen affected by mesothelioma, on just one side of the body. Mesothelioma life expectancy for this stage can be about 2 to 4 years after diagnosis.
Stage III: In this third stage of mesothelioma, it is observed that the cancer has spread to the chest wall, esophagus or lymph nodes on one side of the body. Mesothelioma life expectancy for this stage can be about 6-8 months.
Stage IV: In this fourth or last stage of mesothelioma, it is observed that the cancer has spread to other organs like brain, bones, lymph nodes, liver or to the other side of the body. Stage 4 mesothelioma cancer life expectancy is less than six months.
Scientists are researching on new ways and techniques to cure mesothelioma. Promising results have been noticed for the new treatments after numerous clinical trials. Individuals with any kind of asbestos exposure historicallyin the past, ought to consult the doctor immediately as the doctor can guide them on the latest techniques, equipments and treatments. The new know-how is focusing on prolonging the mesothelioma life expectancy or even curing the mesothelioma .