Can you survive stage 4 Mesothelioma?


Stage 4 mesothelioma is considered a terminal cancer, with an average life expectancy of just one year for those who are diagnosed. Although cases exist of patients who have beaten the odds and survived considerably longer, treatments at this stage generally focus on reducing pain and discomfort.


Stage 4 cancer is one in which the cancerous cells have spread far beyond the tumor’s origin point, such as from a lung throughout the torso to the bones or the brain. Surgery may not be an option at this point since the tumors may be too large or impinge on too many vital organs to remove. If surgery is performed, it may be done to remove most of the tumor bulk, rather than with the goal of removing the entire mass. Doing this can reduce pain and difficulty breathing.


Can you survive stage 4 Mesothelioma?


Radiation and chemotherapy also may or may not be attempted at this stage, depending on the decisions made between the patient and their doctor. As with all treatments of stage 4 cancer, they may be palliative and intended primarily to make the patient comfortable.


Asbestos.org reports that some patients have far outlived the average of one year. One patient whose case they discussed joined an experimental trial and lived for seven years. With FDA-approved treatments having limited ability to improve prognosis, trials may be a promising option.


Can you survive stage 4 Mesothelioma?


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