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Is Stage 1 mesothelioma curable?

In 1982, high-profile biologist Stephen Jay Gould received a diagnosis of abdominal mesothelioma. He had likely been exposed to asbestos while working in the basement of Harvard’s biology museum, where specimen cases were lined with the substance. Gould consulted medical literature and learned that patients of the disease lived for a median of just 8 months. But he realized that within the half of patients that outlived that number, many survived for additional years. Gould ultimately lived for 20 years past diagnosis, succumbing in old age to a different form of cancer.

Gould’s story points to the fact that although mesothelioma can have a poor prognosis, some patients can beat the odds and achieve a cure.  Gould’s cancer was caught at an early stage. For patients who are diagnosed in stage 1, there is a chance aggressive treatment can achieve full or complete remission.

Is Stage 1 mesothelioma curable?

Stage 1 mesothelioma is currently reported to have a 2-year survival rate of 41 to 46% and a 5-year rate of 13 to 16%. Within this group, some number will, like Gould, go on to survive many more years and live out their natural lifespan.

What constitutes a “cure” in the context of cancer treatment is complex, since tests or scans coming up cancer-free isn’t a guarantee that cancer won’t recur. And conversely, patients who have gone into partial remission (with tumors reduced in size and not growing) can live for many years, treating their condition like any chronic disease.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to a cash settlement.  Please call us today to get the facts.  Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions.    Operators are standing by.  We want to help you, so please make the call today.

Is Stage 1 mesothelioma curable?

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