Research Shows Surgery Boosts Mesothelioma Survival Rate
Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer of the lungs and body cavity. The disease often develops in patients who have been exposed to high levels of asbestos, a naturally occurring substance found in many of the work environments and products that are available to consumers in the United States.
There are numerous treatments to help patients battle mesothelioma, but the defective product lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that some of the methods are more effective than others.
A study that was released in the April issue of Oncology states that, of the 14,288 cases of mesothelioma that researchers examined, patients who underwent surgery to remove a tumor or reduce the size of the growth had the most promising survival rates.
Researchers looked at the age, sex, race, date of diagnosis, and other factors of a patient in order to divide the massive pool of participants into groups for data collection. The data determined that surgery seems to have the greatest impact on survival, while surgery combined with radiation shared similar results.
Despite improvements in medical technology and patient care, mortality rates for mesothelioma patients has not wavered from the average 18 months of life following a diagnosis.