Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that develops in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, and/or the cavity around the heart, you will have questions about just about every aspect of living with the disease and your mesothelioma life expectancy. You may be wondering how to deal with financial issues due to medical treatments, how the disease was caused and how to treat it.

This site and free book, 101 Facts About Mesothelioma, were created to assist you with answering your questions about mesothelioma regarding: Symptoms & Types, Causes, mesothelioma life expectancy, Diagnosis and Treatments.

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Mesothelioma Symptoms & Types

Patients usually do not discover that they have mesothelioma until they are in the doctor's office because they attribute their symptoms to common everyday ailments.

Common symptoms of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Cancer Causes

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and generally symptoms don't appear until 30 years after exposure.

More on what causes mesothelioma

Diagnosis

Several methods and procedures are used in order to reach a complete diagnosis including:

  • Tumor markers/blood test
  • CT/CAT Scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan
  • Pleuroscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry or IHC

More information on diagnosing mesothelioma

Treatment and Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

Your treatment plan will generally involve surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. There are two general types of treatment: curative and palliative. Curative surgery is performed to seek a cure for your pleural mesothelioma. Palliative procedures are performed to reduce severity of symptoms.

A pneumonectomy and extrapleural pneumonectomy are two types of curative surgeries that may be performed on you in order to remove the tumor from your body. A pleurodesis and pleurocentesis are two types of treatments that may be performed on you to decrease the severity of your symptoms.

An important part of your treatment is staging of the cancer. There are generally four stages that are identified to gauge how far your cancer has progressed and from that what your mesothelioma life expectancy is.