A new report published in Lung Cancer uncovered some striking facts while studying 442 patients with mesothelioma. The study included the 2011 data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database.
Some of the most interesting conclusions from the study entitled, “Patterns of care and survival among patients with malignant mesothelioma in the United States,” include:
People who are over 70 are much less likely to receive any mesothelioma treatment
29.3% of the pleural mesothelioma patients and 21.5% of non-pleural mesothelioma patients received absolutely no treatment at all
Without treatment, mesothelioma survival rates re as low as just a few months
When researchers averaged pleural mesothelioma patients who received treatment and those who didn’t the median survival span was 9 months.
Average life expectancy for those with non pleural mesothelioma patients is 18 months, double that of pleural mesothelioma patients.
In conjunction with other finding from multiple other reports, there is no single treatment that works best. The best approach is a multimodal approach using a combination of various treatment protocols.
The researchers concluded that more needs to be done to standardize treatments. The report found that there were disparities in treatment received most likely due to the rarity of the aggressive cancer. The researchers stated that more needs to be done to ensure that the same level of care for each patient.
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