Diagnosing Malignant Mesothelioma To Learn Mesothelioma Life Expectancy
Various methods are adopted by treating physicians to diagnose any form of malignant mesothelioma. Such diagnosis is vital for learning about the possible life expectancy of the patient after the disease is detected.
X rays, MRI, and CT scan are some of the most popular methods that are used to find out the type of disease from which the patient is suffering. Of course there are other treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation those are also used for the treatment of mesothelioma. However, the dangers with these processes of treatment are that they can alleviate the symptoms despite extending the life expectancy of the patient by a few months.
Average life expectancy for any type of mesothelioma is one year. Major factors that influence the mesothelioma life expectancy are the current stage of the disease that determines such life expectancy of the patient. Naturally, the life expectancy would be lesser for advanced stages of mesothelioma and greater for simpler forms of the disease.
In stage 1 of the disease or initial stage of mesothelioma, only one layer of the pleura is affected and cancer spreads to pericardium or diaphragm. Mesothelioma life expectancy at this stage would be 5 years or a little more with good treatment. In stage II of the disease both layers of pleura are affected and the life expectancy is two to four years in this case.
While in stage III when the cancer spreads to the chest wall, the life expectancy is only 6 to 8 months, at stage IV where the cancer spreads to brains, lymph nodes, and bones and liver, the life expectancy is less than six months.