Mesothelioma Is Deadly: What Is The Life Expectancy?

Mesothelioma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, mesothelioma patients generally have a life expectancy of four to 18 months after diagnosis. Only 10 percent of mesothelioma patients survive longer than five years following diagnosis. However, if discovered at an early stage, a full recovery may be possible through surgery.

There are many forms of mesothelioma, but there is only one cause: exposure to asbestos. Tracing when and how you were exposed to asbestos is important to your legal case. You may be entitled to compensation from the company responsible for exposing you to asbestos.

The Four Stages Of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma typically appear 15 to 30 years or even longer after exposure to asbestos. The disease has four stages:

  • Stage I: The cancer is localized to the lining of lung, the diaphragm or the sac that covers the heart. At this stage, the tumors may be removed and full recovery is possible.
  • Stage II: The cancer has spread to other areas of the body, such as the lining of the chest wall and the lymph nodes. While tumors may be removed, they are likely to reappear.
  • Stage III: The cancer has typically spread to the chest wall, mediastinum, the heart, lining of the peritoneum and the diaphragm. While surgery can ease pain, it is not likely to stop the spread of the disease.
  • Stage IV: The cancer has spread to distant parts of the body. At this final stage, life expectancy may only be a few months.

While clinical trials continue to test new drugs to treat mesothelioma, the disease is currently considered incurable unless it is caught at stage I.

Your Legal Options

The attorneys at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., represent mesothelioma cancer victims and their families. We also represent families in cases of wrongful death caused by mesothelioma. From our office in Charleston, West Virginia, we serve clients across the country.

Our law firm maintains an extensive database of information about workplaces that put workers at risk so we can obtain maximum compensation for the victims and their family members.

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For more information about mesothelioma life expectancy and your legal options, call our lawyers at 304-881-0652 to schedule a free initial consultation.