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As with all forms of cancer, the prognosis for treatment is much better when the disease is diagnosed early in development. Unfortunately that is often not the case with mesothelioma, since the few early symptoms that develop mimic the behavior caused my much more common diseases..
A mesothelioma prognosis reflects how certain factors may impact your life expectancy and affect your chances of recovery. The average life expectancy for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma ranges from months depending how advanced the disease is. Factors that affect prognosis include the cell type, stage, and location of the disease..
Malignant mesothelioma has a long latency period of years, meaning it can take decades for symptoms to emerge after exposure to asbestos, the only known cause of mesothelioma. When disturbed, asbestos fibers are inhaled and become lodged in the linings of organs, leading to development of the cancer..
Pleural thickening can cause shortness of breath and adversely affect the lungs' ability to function properly. It is not malignant and is not necessarily a sign of asbestos lung disease in this sense, pleural thickening is not as serious as asbestosis or malignant mesothelioma..