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How long can you live if you have mesothelioma?


Statistics on mesothelioma survival rates paint a discouraging picture. This form of cancer is aggressive and fast-growing; making matters worse, it is most likely to be diagnosed in stage 3, when it has already progressed significantly. But the good news is that there are patients who beat the odds. A significant minority of those diagnosed survive past 5 years. For those that do, there’s no clear upper limit on how long they can live.


The median survival length for all patients is 15 months past diagnosis. But there are many factors that affect this number. A patient’s projected survival is likely longer than this if they are younger (under 45), female, diagnosed at stage 1, or a victim of peritoneal rather than pleural mesothelioma.  The pleural variation of this cancer is far more deadly.


How long can you live if you have mesothelioma?


Undergoing aggressive treatment that combines surgery with chemo and radiation is also associated with better survival rates. Specifically, undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) boosts survival. In this treatment, heated chemo drugs are applied directly to the abdominal cavity, often right after surgery.


The five-year survival rate is around 20% for those whose cancer is caught early, and 5% with an advanced form of the disease. For patients who do beat the odds and make it past the 5-year mark, there’s no clear-cut answer to how long they can live. A patient’s doctor is the best source of information on their survival prognosis, but anecdotal evidence tells of patients who have lived years longer than any doctor predicted.


How long can you live if you have mesothelioma?


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