Mesothelioma Prognosis

A mesothelioma diagnosis often comes as a surprise.

When learning of a mesothelioma diagnosis, the patient and family members may have many questions: What is the prognosis for mesothelioma? Is mesothelioma curable? What treatment options are available?

At Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, we understand how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be. We are personally committed to helping our clients seek compensation, justice and effective medical treatment.

Please continue reading to find out more about the prognosis for mesothelioma. But remember: Each case is different. There are different types of mesothelioma. Past survival rates do not predict what will happen to a particular person. Discuss your specific treatment options with your doctor.

What Is The Prognosis For Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a serious type of cancer that is difficult to treat. When someone is diagnosed in the late stages of mesothelioma, the prognosis is poor.

However, when mesothelioma is diagnosed early, treatment may be more effective. In certain cases, the cancer may be curable.

According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rates for individuals diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma between the years of 2000 and 2013, based on stage of the cancer, were as follows:

  • Stage 1A:
    • 2-year survival rate: 46 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: 16 percent
  • Stage 1B:
    • 2-year survival rate: 41 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: 13 percent
  • Stage 2:
    • 2-year survival rate: 38 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: 10 percent
  • Stage 3A:
    • 2-year survival rate: 30 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: 8 percent
  • Stage 3B:
    • 2-year survival rate: 26 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: 5 percent
  • Stage 4:
    • 2-year survival rate: 17 percent
    • 5-year survival rate: <1 percent

Remember: Survival rates do not tell the whole story. Survival rates do not predict someone's future. Improvements in the treatment of mesothelioma are continually being made. Clinical trials are being conducted. As more is learned about treating mesothelioma, we hope that patient outcomes improve.

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