Mesothelioma life expectancy: Important factors that can improve the lifespan of Mesothelioma Patients

Good prognostic factors for the survival of mesothelioma are:

1-Early stage at diagnosis.

Patients that are diagnosed when the tumor is still in either stage 1 or stage 2 have a better prognosis than patients that are diagnosed when the tumor is already in the stages 3 and 4 by which stage only symptomatic treatment to reduce the symptoms can only be given.

2- Good general state of health.

The better the state of health the better the patient will be able to withstand the stress of treatment and extensive potentially curative surgery which in turn translates into achieving better results of treatment.

3-Younger age The younger the age of the patient at the time of diagnosis the better the outcome of the treatment for the disease. Older victims tend to have some other chronic age related illnesses like diabetes and hypertension which further decreases the state of health of the patient.

4-Epithelioid subtype

There are different types of mesothelioma based on histological characteristics of the cancer cells{cellular structure of the cells}.The different histological types are the sarcomatoid, the epitheliod type, the biphasic type, and the desmoplastic type. The epitheliod type of cancer however has the best prognosis as it is very responsive to treatment and it does not spread as quickly as the other types.

5- Absence of chest pain. The presence of chest pain could signify that the tumor has infiltrated into the chest wall and other nearby structures thus making treatment difficult.

6- Nil significant weight loss Weight loss is a sign of advanced cancer so if the victim is still of normal weight by the time of diagnosis it means that the tumor is still likely to be localized.

7-Normal levels of a substance in the blood called LDH

8-Normal red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts, and blood platelet counts

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