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Mesothelioma is a serious cancer, most commonly found in the outer lining of the lungs, called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma occurs in individuals exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many standard cancer treatments, making it a difficult disease to treat effectively. The prognosis for mesothelioma patients is usually grim; the average survival time varies from 4 months to 18 months after diagnosis.
Many factors determine the survival length for a mesothelioma patient, such as treatment plans, age, overall health and fitness of the patient, and the extent of the disease. Physicians also believe that limiting stress and focusing on the treatment during this time is critical to aiding in the patient’s recovery.
Finding a physician who specializes in treating mesothelioma patients and has first-hand experience in treatment and diagnosis is one of the first steps a mesothelioma patient should take. Mesothelioma specialists are aware of the latest research and they are able to develop a more informed treatment plan than a physician who does not specialize in the disease.
Currently there is no known cure for mesothelioma, but with new research and increased knowledge among the medical professionals, the survival time is increasing and many patients are living productive lives years beyond their initial diagnosis.
Managing the associated health care costs for mesothelioma is another major concern for mesothelioma patients. Many times, mesothelioma sufferers do not have insurance or lack adequate coverage to pay for their treatment. However, mesothelioma lawsuits and asbestos litigation are viable options, thanks to increasing awareness and changes to laws. Finding a qualified mesothelioma lawyer is just as important as finding doctors and hospitals that are knowledgeable about mesothelioma treatment.