Peritoneal Mesothelioma Life Expectancy
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the serous membrane surrounding the abdomen. The life expectancy of a person with peritoneal mesothelioma depends on a number of factors, including age, overall health and the stage at which it is diagnosed.
Like other forms of malignant mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma is always fatal, and little can be done to slow the inevitable decline of a peritoneal mesothelioma patient's health. Peritoneal mesothelioma usually produces few or no mesothelioma symptoms to speak of for decades; most patients are diagnosed with the disease at a very advanced stage and die quickly following diagnosis usually within a year.
The brutal implications of a peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosis can be emotionally and financially overwhelming for victims as well as their families. While no amount of money can truly compensate for such a diagnosis, you do have legal options. A top mesothelioma law firm can help you identify the medical specialists who are best equipped to provide mesothelioma treatment, and can help you obtain compensation to offset medical expenses and suffering. A mesothelioma lawyer also may be able to help if your loved one has succumbed to the disease.
Mesothelioma statistics are inconsistent and therefore should be considered with caution. There are several reasons for this, one of the most important being the rarity of all forms of mesothelioma. That being said, mesothelioma life expectancy numbers average between four and 18 months, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Peritoneal mesothelioma life expectancy statistics seem to fall within this range, with one study putting the average life expectancy for peritoneal mesothelioma at six to 12 months. Only 5 to 10 percent of all mesothelioma patients live beyond five years. The majority die within a year.
Peritoneal mesothelioma life expectancy statistics are even harder to come by than statistics for pleural mesothelioma life expectancy. This is because the vast majority of mesothelioma cases (up to 90 percent) occur not in the peritoneum, but instead in the lining of the pleural cavity, where the lungs are located. Peritoneal mesotheliomas most likely account for 10 to 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases, or slightly more according to some sources. Testicular mesothelioma, which is considered a sub-type of peritoneal mesothelioma, is even rarer, as is pericardial mesothelioma (mesothelioma in the membrane surrounding the heart).
Most cases of peritoneal mesothelioma are the result of metastasis from the pleura; only a fraction of cases originate in the peritoneum (about one-fourth, according to one study). Many researchers suspect that cases of peritoneal mesothelioma not arising from metastasis may be caused by swallowing food contaminated with asbestos fibers.
Many medical experts believe that individual circumstances are the most important factor in determining the life expectancy of a patient with peritoneal mesothelioma.
Some of the most important factors include:
- Overall health
- Mesothelioma type
- Location of tumor
- Size of tumor
- Resectability of tumor (whether or not it can be removed)
- Blood-related factors
- Cell type
- Status of lymph nodes
Unlike pleural mesothelioma and many other cancers, peritoneal mesothelioma is so rare that no staging system exists for this type of mesothelioma.
For more information on the life expectancy for peritoneal mesothelioma, please see our comprehensive article on mesothelioma life expectancy. You can also visit our page focusing on the life expectancy of pericardial mesothelioma patients. If you are interested in learning about a free legal consultation, be sure to speak with a mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.
All About Malignant Mesothelioma also contains information on other types of mesothelioma, as well as asbestosis.
[Page updated May 2011]