Every year we encounter new 2 000 to 3 000 cases of the mesothelioma. The doctor will have to be consulted and the cause and possible outcome should be discussed. The condition can be treated more efficiently and faster if the problem is detected in the early stage. We will see which treatment option can be conducted for the more specific cause of the problem, and we will focus on the cost of this treatment.
The symptoms associated with this problem do not appear in the early stages, but in the more advanced ones. Also, they are similar to the symptoms of many conditions that are not very harmful and so this may also make diagnosis difficult. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are some of the treatment options, but the prognosis of this type of cancer are not very good. The mentioned treatment options can only combat with the problem, but curing it is very hard to accomplish. There are four stages of this condition, but the effectiveness of the condition becomes less and less as the stages progress. The treatment options also become lesser as the condition progresses, so a surgery, for example, cannot be done in the fourth stage of the condition. The prognosis of the treatment depends on several factors, and the first is the tumor size. Also if the patient is a smoker, it also impacts the prognosis. The problems that are experienced also influence the problem, like fluid present in the abdomen or lungs. The removal of the tumor and the tumor's location are factors that contribute to the prognosis. And for the end, the mesothelioma type is a determining factor. There are four types and they are testicular, pericardial, peritoneal and pleural. Also, the treatment will be less effective if other medical problems, usually caused by old age, are present. The people who are older than 50 years of age usually suffer from the malignant mesothelioma.
Next, we will see the prognosis of this problem in the initial five years. This period is usually taken for the estimation of the survival rates. When we state a percentage of the survival rate, we mean that this number states the percentage of the people who survive this surgery after five years. The number associated with mesothelioma goes around 10 %. The number started to decline, and in the 2002, the survival rate was 9%. The survival rates associated with the first year go around 40%. But there are factors like mesothelioma type, overall health and age, which affect this number. The last five years gave results about the average survival period and it was from 10 to 11 months after the surgery.