What Is the Life Expectancy for Mesothelioma?
Life expectancy ranges are generated by statistics based on patients treated for mesothelioma in recent years.
The average mesothelioma life expectancy rate is 12-21 months. However, life expectancy is unique to each patient and depends on several factors.
Factors that affect life expectancy include:
- Mesothelioma stage
- Mesothelioma location
- Mesothelioma cell type (epithelioid, sarcomatoid, or biphasic)
- Patient age
- Overall patient health
- Whether the patient is a smoker
- Course of treatment and how the patient responds
Since each of these factors affects life expectancy, only a qualified mesothelioma specialist can analyze each particular case to determine a prognosis.
Mesothelioma specialists have access to treatments that can extend a patient’s lifespan. By working with a mesothelioma specialist, a patient may live past the average life expectancy.
Life Expectancy vs Survival Rate
The term “life expectancy” refers to the average period that a patient can expect to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. For example, if the reported median life expectancy is 12 months, half of the patients will live beyond 12 months and the other half will not.
“Survival rate” refers to the percentage of patients who survive for a specified time after diagnosis. In this situation, the 12-month mesothelioma survival rate is 50%.
While the two indicators are related, it is important to understand the difference when discussing treatment options with your medical team and reviewing information about your diagnosis.
- The average life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is 12-21 months
- Pleural mesothelioma median life expectancy ranges from 8-51 months depending on the disease stage and other prognosis factors
- Peritoneal mesothelioma median life expectancy is 12 months
- Cytoreduction with HIPEC treatment often extends life expectancy by years
- The patient’s age, gender, and overall health further affect life expectancy outcomes
- Life expectancy can be improved by working with a mesothelioma specialist, undergoing the best treatment, and maintaining good general health