Mesothelioma can sometimes go into remission, but doctors rarely diagnose the condition early enough to consider any type of treatment effective at curing the disease. Pairing surgery with other treatments can sometimes help bring the cancer under control for a period. This remission may extend the person’s life for several months or even years.
Unfortunately, mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed until the final stages. By the time alarming symptoms develop, the cancer may have spread to affect local lymph nodes and both sides of the chest. It grows quickly and aggressively, and even with treatment, most people do not live beyond one to two years post-diagnosis. This is why mesothelioma going into remission is rare.
Treatment Can Slow or Stop the Progression of Mesothelioma for a Short Time
The primary treatment protocol for mesothelioma includes surgery to remove the cancer, followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation. Because of the diffuse way this type of cancer grows and the late stage of diagnosis, however, this treatment does not represent a cure. Removing as much cancerous tissue as possible usually offers a larger benefit in cases when doctors catch mesothelioma early.
In surgery for early-stage mesothelioma, a better chance exists for the surgeon to remove most or all of the cancerous cells. This can considerably slow the progression of the disease, although having the mesothelioma go into remission is still rare. In later-stage mesothelioma, the benefits of surgery may only last weeks to a few months.
According to the American Cancer Society, doctors generally consider the possibility of surgery for mesothelioma in two categories:
- Resectable: including more stage I, II, and some stage III cancers, when it is possible to remove all visible cancer growth during surgery.
- Unresectable: including some stage III and most stage IV mesothelioma, when surgery will not remove all the visible cancer cells.
The factors that play into determining the viability of surgery include:
- How far the cancer has spread
- The subtype of mesothelioma, because only epithelioid tumors benefit from surgery
- Location of the cancerous tumors
- The patient’s strength for surgery
Despite a surgery’s viability, cancer cells almost always remain. However, when the surgeon pairs the operation with radiation and/or chemotherapy, this solution may make mesothelioma go into remission for a time.
No Cure Exists for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Despite the incurability of malignant pleural mesothelioma, treatment can extend some patients’ lives by months or even years. This represents a significant extension for this type of cancer, which trends with a very low (below 10%) five-year survival rate. Most people live fewer than 36 months following their diagnosis, even if they receive early treatment and enter remission.
According to the American Cancer Society, only 18% of patients with localized mesothelioma when diagnosed enjoy a five-year survival rate.
Treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma consists mostly of palliative care. It can help to reduce symptoms, such as pain and difficulty breathing, and improve the person’s quality of life—something that ranks high in importance for those suffering from this painful and debilitating type of cancer which rarely goes into remission.
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Mesothelioma: An Asbestos-Related Cancer
About eight out of every 10 victims of pleural mesothelioma have a documented history of exposure to the deadly material asbestos. This exposure usually occurred at work, although those who lived nearby or whose family members worked with the material sometimes receive a diagnosis of this type of cancer.
Documentation of your asbestos exposure may give you a strong case for compensation through an asbestos lawsuit. Even if you remain unsure of how to prove this type of case, an attorney who handles mesothelioma cancer claims can help you uncover the necessary evidence and pursue a payout.
Time limits exist restricting how long you can wait to take legal action following your diagnosis, so you may want to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Case With a Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer Today
The mesothelioma asbestos cancer attorneys from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understand what it takes to prove an asbestos case and pursue an award or settlement. We can review the facts of your case and may be able to help you collect evidence to build a compelling argument for a payout from the asbestos company that caused your exposure.
When you let our team handle your asbestos cancer case, you will not pay anything upfront, and you will pay no out-of-pocket expenses. We will cover the cost of your case and take our fee only once we recover compensation on your behalf. If you do not receive a payout, we do not receive payment.
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