Patients with pleural mesothelioma (the most common type of this cancer) generally live 12-21 months after diagnosis, as noted in a 2018 report published by Frontiers in Oncology. Cancer treatment plans can help patients live longer. Veterans may improve their life expectancy by working with mesothelioma doctors at specialized cancer centers and VA hospitals.
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What Is the Life Expectancy for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma life expectancy is the projected length of time a patient will survive following their cancer diagnosis. A patient’s life expectancy is part of their mesothelioma prognosis. This is their overall expected health outlook.
The average life expectancy for patients with early-stage pleural mesothelioma (stages 1 and 2) is around 19-21 months if they undergo treatment. Patients with late-stage pleural mesothelioma (stages 3 and 4) have an average survival time of 12-16 months.
Peritoneal mesothelioma has an average life expectancy of about 63.2 months, according to a 2013 study from the European Journal of Cancer.
The average mesothelioma life span may seem grim, however, they are only estimates. Many patients with mesothelioma have outlived their life expectancies by years or decades.