Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive disease, and often, it does not cause any symptoms. While various mesothelioma treatments are available, there is no cure for the disease. As a result, most mesothelioma cases result in death. In fact, mesothelioma has already caused as many as 230,000 deaths in the U.S., and the number of deaths keep rising. 

Mesothelioma Death Rate 

According to death rate statistics, about 75% of all mesothelioma patients die within a year of diagnosis. At three years after diagnosis, the mesothelioma death rate is estimated to be 90%. Finally, the death rate is approximately 95% five years after diagnosis.

While mesothelioma death rate statistics are grim, they are generally unreliable for two reasons. To begin with, mesothelioma is rare, and as a result, very little data about the disease is available. In addition, most mesothelioma patients are diagnosed when the disease is already advanced. This makes it hard to estimate the death rate for mesothelioma patients who are diagnosed early.

Factors Effecting Death Rate

Every mesothelioma case is unique and no statistic dictates how long a particular mesothelioma patient will survive. However, the mesothelioma death rate is affected by numerous factors, including:

  • The stage of mesothelioma
  • The size of the tumor
  • Whether the tumor can be removed completely by surgery
  • The amount of fluid in the chest or abdomen
  • The patient’s age and general health, including lung and heart health
  • The type of mesothelioma cancer cells and how they look under a microscope
  • Whether the mesothelioma has just been diagnosed or has come back

Findings from a mesothelioma study conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston illustrate that mesothelioma death rate statistics are not set in stone. In that study, 120 pleural mesothelioma patients were all treated with surgery to remove the lung and pleura. In addition, the patients were treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, with or without immunotherapy. Two years after treatment, the death rate was only 66 out of the 120 patients (55%). After five years, the death rate was 94 out of 120 patients (78%).

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Published November 17, 2011 by