What Can Impact Your Chances of Mesothelioma Survival?
Nicole Winch | July 22, 2020
Here’s what we know about mesothelioma: It’s an aggressive cancer that affects thousands of people in the United States each year.
We don’t know of a cure yet, but we do know what can affect your chances of living a long and happy life. A patient’s treatment plan, time of diagnosis and lifestyle can all help medical experts predict life expectancy.
While it is crucial to begin treatment immediately after diagnosis, not everyone has the financial means to seek the best medical care. Our legal team can help with that, though. At BCBH Law, we have helped thousands of patients recover compensation. Filing a claim with us could be the decision that saves you or your loved one’s life.
Early detection of your mesothelioma is key to increasing your chances of survival. However, an early diagnosis isn’t always possible due to the time it takes for mesothelioma to develop. The risk of this cancer usually stays hidden in your tissue for decades, and initial symptoms seem mild and resemble a cold or pneumonia.
A late diagnosis can delay the start of your treatment. By the time it begins, your cancer may have spread to your organs.
Patients who are diagnosed at an early stage of mesothelioma have more options for treatment. The tumor is small and in a localized part of the body.
Patients with stage 1 mesothelioma usually live multiple years after their diagnosis. Unfortunately, patients diagnosed at later stages only live a few months.
Aggressive treatment, such as surgery, can save your life. The purpose is to remove the tumors from your body and relieve your healthy tissue of any threat. Since each case is unique, your mesothelioma specialist will create a treatment regimen tailored to you.
It is often hard for patients to estimate the cost of their mesothelioma treatment plan. Surgery and chemotherapy are the most effective and common treatment methods in extending a patient’s life. When combined together, these treatments have even more impact on surviving this cancer. On average, the cost of these treatments can vary based on insurance cost and location of care.
Unfortunately, treatment for mesothelioma is expensive. Medical bills reach the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most Americans with mesothelioma can’t afford to pay for surgery from a cancer center.
With the help of a lawyer, you can get compensated for your cancer. The companies who put you at risk and caused your mesothelioma should have to pay for your life-saving treatment. Our lawyers can help you avoid draining your savings account just to survive cancer.
Contact one of our lawyers today to see what compensation options are available to you. Filing with an asbestos trust fund is a simple, painless process, and successful claims result in payments to the victims within months. That quick compensation can help you schedule an appointment with a doctor and not worry about the cost.
As a mesothelioma patient, it’s more important than ever for you to live a healthy lifestyle. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients who make positive changes to their lifestyle after treatment may help prevent a recurrence of their cancer. Plus, protein-rich foods can help patients endure aggressive treatment.
While each patients cancer journey is different, many patients may be able to improve their quality of life by:
- Eating a well balanced diet
- Stopping tobacco use
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Managing stress