Life Expectancy for Stage 3 Mesothelioma Cancer

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On average, the life expectancy for stage 3 mesothelioma cancer patients is around 16 months. Nevertheless, life expectancy of any mesothelioma cancer patient is largely dependent on individual diagnosis specifics. These include the cell type, cancer location, age, gender, and the overall health of the patient.

Stage 3 mesothelioma cancer defined
At stage 3 of mesothelioma cancer, the disease has already spread to the nearby organs, tissues and, possibly even the lymph nodes. In most cases, mesothelioma cancer is diagnosed at this stage. At this time, mesothelioma cancer is considered in one of its advanced stages.

Stage 3 mesothelioma cancer prognosis
Prognosis for stage 3 mesothelioma is dependent on the response of a patient to treatment as well as the extent to which lymph nodes are involved. In most cases, stage 3 mesothelioma has a grim prognosis. Although it is possible to have the primary tumor removed, the surrounding areas have already been affected by the cancerous cells. This means that it is possible but less likely for remission to occur.

In most stage 3 mesothelioma cancer patients, tumors are found all over the lungs lining and in the chest cavity of one side. The heart lining and diaphragm as well as the surrounding fatty tissue and the chest wall may also be affected. Cancer cells may have also spread to the lymph nodes that are close to the primary tumor. However, the opposite lungs lining, lymph nodes and other body organs may not have cancer cells.

Detection of stage 3 mesothelioma cancer
Doctors employ imaging tests to detect the spread of mesothelioma. These include PET/CT scans and MRIs. These tests show the location and size of the primary tumor. They also display body locations where this cancer may have spread to.

Symptoms of stage 3 mesothelioma cancer
It is possible to mistake stage 3 mesothelioma symptoms for an infection of the lung such as pneumonia or bronchitis, this actually happens quite often.
Common symptoms of mesothelioma cancer at this stage include:
·        Chest tightness
·        Chest pain
·        Dry coughs
·        Shortness of breath
·        Weight loss
·        Fever

These symptoms vary among patients depending on how mesothelioma cancer spreads. Typically, these symptoms are caused by the growth of a tumor on the chest cavity and lung lining.

Prolonging the life expectancy for stage 3 mesothelioma cancer patients

At stage 3, the tumors are considered advanced locally. However, it is possible to extend a patient’s life expectancy by undergoing a surgical removal. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are further used to eliminate cancer cells from the body after undergoing a surgical removal. In most cases, a treatment plan that includes curative surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy has led to an extended life expectancy for patients with stage 3 mesothelioma. 

Multimodal therapy is a recommended way of prolonging the life expectancy for stage 3 mesothelioma cancer patients. However, it can only be used in patients who are in good health and will be able to withstand these aggressive treatment methods.

Additionally, overall health and lifestyle choices can prolong the life expectancy of a stage 3 mesothelioma cancer patient. Gentle exercises, healthy diets, and quitting smoking are just a few of the ways that those diagnosed with stage 3 mesothelioma can extend their life expectancy and improve their prognosis.


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