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What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Individuals in Kentucky or elsewhere who have peritoneal mesothelioma could live for several years with the condition. An individual patient's prognosis depends on many factors include genetic mutations, the type of cancer cells and how advanced the condition is when a diagnosis is made. How the condition is treated can also play a role in how long a person can live with peritoneal mesothelioma. Those who can get surgery along with heated chemotherapy tend to live the longest.

Data indicates that more than 50 percent of patients who receive that type of treatment live for more than five years. However, about 60 percent of patients are diagnosed after they qualify to have surgery. Therefore, they must rely on systematic or direct chemotherapy, which can stop the disease from progressing for 11.5 months on average. Regardless of the type of therapy a person receives, gender can play a role in how long a person lives with peritoneal mesothelioma.

Men live for an average of six months, which is the same as those who don't receive treatment at all. Women who have this condition live for an average of 13 months. Individuals who have tumors containing epithelial cells generally live longer than those who have tumors with other types of cells inside of them.

Those who receive a cancer diagnosis as a result of exposure to asbestos may be entitled to compensation. This may be true whether the exposure occurred at work or outside of work. Compensation may help to pay for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses. In a personal injury case, a person may be able to pursue punitive damages in addition to actual damages incurred. An attorney may be able to help a person obtain a favorable outcome to their case in court or through settlement talks.

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