According to recent survey, at least 55% of Mesothelioma patients survive more than 6 months time period whereas 35% live approximately more than 1 year. 5% percent of Mesothelioma patients continue to survive for more than 5 years.
In case of Mesothelioma, a Survival rate means the percentage of people that will continue to live for a certain period of time after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma. The standard survival rate for majority of cancer patients is approximately 5 years. However due to severity of the Mesothelioma cancer; the survival rate for this cancer type has been set to 1 year.
Survival rates are different in explanation from Life Expectancy. Life expectancy refers to time length in relation to Mesothelioma for which the patient will live. Combining both survival rate and life expectancy results, it can give patient’s prognosis of their disease.
Survival rates are also often confused with Mortality rates which is a statistic basically used either by health organizations or governments. This allows the relevant organization and government agencies to understand the prevalence of the disease in a certain area like
Survival rates in case of Mesothelioma:-
The latest survey data on Survival rate of Mesothelioma has show better survival rates than in pasts. A met study was conducted in 2015 which gathered the results of survival rates from 20 years back (1992-2012) for two major types of Mesothelioma cancers; Pleural and Peritoneal. The survival rate in both cases has shown massive improvement.
The study reveals that improvement in mostly Peritoneal Mesothelioma cases is due to the advancement of medical technology and new forms of treatments. The main contributor in this improved survival rate is the new treatment named as HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy).
These improved survival rates are not set in stone as many of the following factors can still change the survival rates.
Age; older patients face 5 years lower survival rate when compared with younger patients.
Gender; woman tend to survive higher than 5 years as compared to men.
Few other more common factors that affect survival rate of a Mesothelioma patient are as follows.
Location; pleural Mesothelioma, peritoneal Mesothelioma or pericardial Mesothelioma.
Cell type; epithelioid survival, acromatoid Mesothelioma or biphasic Mesothelioma.
Stage of disease; early or late stage
Genetics; likes of BRCA1- Associated Protein-1 (BAP1)
Lifestyle; like smoking
Blood Count; like having high levels of Hemoglobin, platelets or White Blood cells.
Health; being overweight or have weakened immune system
Improving survival rate for Mesothelioma:-
Survival rate is only a figure gathered from various cases over many years. It does not determines the length of any individual patient as to how long will they actually live. There are cases in which patients have improved their survival rate after being diagnosed by incorporating various medical treatments.
Those who have early stage Mesothelioma; they can always opt for aggressive treatments like removal of tumors or organs that contain deadly cancerous cells for high survival rate.
Later sage patients might not be able to extend their survival rate by undergoing same treatment because at this stage, cancer mostly tends to spread into lymph nodes. They can however still extend their survival rates by undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy treatments.
For Pleural Mesothelioma Patients who opt to both Chemotherapy along with Pleurectomy or Extrapleural Pneumonectomy, has a high survival rate than those who only go for Chemotherapy treatment.
For the cases of Peritoneal Mesothelioma, patients who go with both Cytoreductive Surgery along with HIPEC have significant chance of improving their survival rate. If the same treatment is combined with Systemic Chemotherapy, the 5 year survival rate tends to be as high as 67 percent.