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Mesothelioma (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Mesothelioma?

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Like most cancers, the outlook of mesothelioma depends on how early it is diagnosed and how aggressively it is treated. Without treatment, mesothelioma is fatal within four to eight months.

With trimodal treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy), survival was noted in some people at 16-19 months. A few people survived as long as five years.

Is It Possible to Prevent Mesothelioma?

Because asbestos is the major known cause of mesothelioma, eliminating the exposure to asbestos can significantly decrease the risk of mesothelioma.

If you are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, you should wear protective clothing and masks. You should change your clothing before leaving the workplace to avoid carrying any asbestos particles home. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides useful safety and health information for people exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma Support Groups and Counseling

Dealing with a life-threatening disease is difficult. Reading the experiences of other people with mesothelioma helps to cope with the condition. You can access their stories at the following Web pages:


United States. National Cancer Institute. "Malignant Mesothelioma -- Patient Version." <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2016

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Malignancies involving mesothelial cells that normally line the body cavities, including the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium, and testis, are known as malignant mesothelioma, which may be localized or diffuse.

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