Getting survival rates, prognosis information and life expectancy statistics for mesothelioma are relatively simply by doing a quick search online. The problem is, after visiting a couple of the top sources, you will quickly realize all the information is outdated. This article is going to talk about the latest survival stories of patients with mesothelioma and new prognosis and life expectancy averages. Here is a short video about the factors that can sway a patient’s prognosis. Mesothelioma Prognosis Video
Despite the usual non-favorable prognosis, there has been an increase in survival rates for mesothelioma patients according to the second report by the Royal College of Physicians.
indicates there was a steep increase in mesothelioma cases and deaths within the past five years. This increase is due to the vast occupational exposure to asbestos and The latest mesothelioma survival rates study used data from malignant pleural mesothelioma in England during 2014. This study also stated that there was a noticeable improvement in the individuals that are diagnosed with the disease surviving for over a year. However, despite the improvement, mesothelioma survival rates are still poor.
Mesothelioma Survival Stories for 2017 (Most Recent)
Although mesothelioma survival rates are still not favorable compared to those of other cancers, there are recent cases of people that have survived for years after being diagnosed with the disease.
Here are two major stories of mesothelioma survivors in 2017:
Mavis Nye from England is currently the most mesothelioma survivor. Mavis was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 at the age of 68 years and given a three-month prognosis.
In 2014, she enrolled in the MK-3475 clinical trial at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the UK after battling the disease for years. In fact, Mavis became the first UK mesothelioma patient to participate in the trial that was aimed at testing the efficacy of a drug by Merck. The drug is meant to suppress the PD-L1 biomarker in cancer cells. In June, she completed the clinical trial. Mavis received an immunotherapy drug (pembrolizumab), called Keytruda, in the United States.
It has now been three years since her doctors have declared Mavis to be mesothelioma cancer free. She has pretty much shocked all mesothelioma specialists, and the entire medical community and her family by not just surviving but also beating mesothelioma fully. Today, at the age of 75 years old, this mesothelioma survivor works with the NHS by attending workshops and conferences as a patient representative. She also works with Cancer Research UK.
Tiffany Schreiber, a Denver resident, was diagnosed with benign mesothelioma in 2014 at 36 years old. She underwent two surgeries to remove the tumor and a round of chemotherapy treatment. Tiffany knew that something was wrong with her body after losing 80 pounds within ten months. Although chemotherapy and surgeries left her with a scar, she considers herself extremely lucky. Today, Tiffany shares her story as a way of educating others about this rare form of cancer because in fact, she did not know about mesothelioma until after she was diagnosed it.
It has been claimed by various mesothelioma specialists that this rare and aggressive form of cancer will start declining in the amount of cases per year starting around the year of 2030.