Thanks to breakthroughs in traditional treatments and integrating alternative therapies, mesothelioma survivors are improving their prognoses and living beyond their initial life expectancy. Their stories of survival serve as inspiration to people who were recently diagnosed.
The majority of mesothelioma patients learn of their disease when it’s too late, and they often do not survive beyond two years after their diagnosis. But, a number of mesothelioma survivors have extended their survival by electing cancer treatments, participating in innovative clinical trials and integrating alternative therapies.
Some survivors have reached an incredible 10-year mark and continue to serve as living testimonials to beating this disease.
The mesothelioma community celebrates those who survive beyond the average one-year survival rate so that others who find themselves walking the same path have role models to follow.
Why Do Some Mesothelioma Patients Live Longer Than Others?
Surviving mesothelioma is not an exact science. How long someone lives following a diagnosis depends on a number of factors, including the stage of the cancer, the location of it, how fast it spreads, and a person’s overall health, age and gender. Life expectancy varies from case to case.
Early detection plays a vital role in increasing someone’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor. The earlier that mesothelioma is detected, the more treatment options a patient has. The development of new diagnostic techniques has led to more effective treatments.
Regardless of the type or sub-type of mesothelioma, living beyond one year is above-average survival. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, but the most survivable type is peritoneal mesothelioma.
A knowledgeable specialist can treat the cancer aggressively, increasing your odds of surviving. Finding the right specialist can make a world of difference with a rare cancer such as mesothelioma. Improved surgical techniques, better drug combinations and more targeted therapies are important to increased survival rates.
We feature inspirational stories on our Wall of Hope, including first-person accounts of how these mesothelioma survivors are fighting and winning their battles.
Each survivor has a different story, but all of them share something: hope. We hope their stories inspire you and help you in some way.
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When someone is able to beat mesothelioma, even for just a little while, we celebrate with them. The Wall of Hope is a place where survivors and caregivers can share their experiences and journey with this deadly cancer. And we’re always looking for more stories to share.
Karen Selby joined Asbestos.com in 2009. She is a registered nurse with a background in oncology and thoracic surgery and was the regional director of a tissue bank before becoming a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. Karen has assisted surgeons with thoracic surgeries such as lung resections, lung transplants, pneumonectomies, pleurectomies and wedge resections. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.
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