Mesothelioma is a terminal lung disease directly related to exposure to asbestos. Patients diagnosed with mesothelioma often resort to surgical intervention to delay the progress of the disease. A new study conducted by the Stanford School of Medicine, and published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that survival rates of mesothelioma patients were directly related to the amount of time it took for the cancer to recur following surgery.
The study followed 47 mesothelioma patients who underwent surgical intervention to remove diseased pleural tissue and membranes that surround the lung, or that had a total removal of the diseased lung and affected membranes. The study found that patients whose mesothelioma recurred within a two-year period following their initial surgery had a survival rate between 2.7 months and 35 months following their second surgery. For patients whose disease recurred within the first year following surgery, the survival rate following their second surgery was just 8.9 months. The most promising findings related to those patients whose recurrence happened more than two years after their initial surgery. The survival rate following their second surgery was close to three years.
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is always a devastating event for the patient and their loved ones. The average survival rate following diagnosis of this disease is just about 12 months. Treatment options range from chemotherapy and radiation to experimental drugs and surgical intervention. The new information discovered in the Stanford study offers patients data to help make informed decisions regarding treatment. Researchers concluded that the surgical removal of diseased pleural and epithelial membranes as well as portions or total removal of the diseased lung is a “safe and effective therapeutic option.”
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The high cost of medical treatments, surgery, medication, and therapy, along with lost wages when the mesothelioma patient is no longer able to work can quickly devastate the financial stability of the family. The stress related to making decisions about treatment options and lifestyle changes can create emotional turmoil for the victim and their family as well. The Philadelphia asbestos attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler can alleviate those pressures and allow the patient to focus on their recovery.
Conveniently located in center city Philadelphia, Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler represent mesothelioma victims throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, call our law offices at 215-569-4000 or submit an online form.Our team of dedicated mesothelioma attorneys will review the details of your case and hold accountable those who are responsible for your illness.