Kentucky patients who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma may be interested to learn that survival rates have not improved throughout the last few decades despite the fact that the treatments for the disease are improving. According to a study, patients with mesothelioma have a median survival rate of 15 months, which has barely changed since 1990.

There are two main types of mesothelioma, each of with have different survival rates. Pleural mesothelioma, which is mesothelioma that stats in the membrane around the lungs before spreading to major organs, has a median survival rate of 14 months. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which starts in the abdominal lining, has a median survival rate of 31 months.

Ultimately, certain mesothelioma patients have better survival rates than others due to a variety of factors. For examples, patients who are female, are under 45 years of age, were diagnosed with the first stage of the disease and have peritoneal mesothelioma are likely to live longer. Additionally, those who were treated via a combination of chemotherapy and surgery also tended to have longer survival rates. In fact, those who received a combination of treatment had a median survival rate of 23 months.

Those who were exposed to asbestos while at work are at risk for suffering a variety of asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, all of which may be potentially fatal. An attorney may assist with gathering evidence that proves that the affected person was injured by asbestos exposure at work, and as such may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the diagnosis, the affected person may seek compensation for medical costs and lost income. Even if the exposure occurred at a previous employer, an attorney may still assist with seeking compensation. Otherwise, the attorney may work to seek compensation from asbestos trust funds, which have been set up for those who are ultimately diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.