Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatment

30 Aug 2017 by under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf1 100x100 Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatmentMesothelioma has established a reputation for its long latency period. It can take 30-plus years to develop the cancer after initial exposure to , meaning a young person exposed to likely wouldn’t receive a mesothelioma diagnosis until he is a senior citizen. A recent study determined that the older a person with mesothelioma is, the less likely they are to receive treatment for the deadly cancer.

Based on information from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database, the study identified factors associated with mesothelioma treatment and mortality rates for 389 patients with pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, and 53 with non-pleural mesothelioma. They found 29.3 percent of patients with pleural mesothelioma and 21.5 percent of non-pleural patients received no treatment. Median survival time for pleural mesothelioma patients was nine months versus 18 months for non-pleural patients.

“Among pleural mesothelioma patients, receipt of therapy was less likely among older patients,” the study states. “Additionally, among pleural mesothelioma patients, younger age and lower socioeconomic status were found to be associated with better all-cause survival.”

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer associated with poor patient outcomes. Usually, those diagnosed die within a year if receiving the news. And due to its long latency period and symptoms that mimic those of other diseases, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma is difficult to treat. In support of previous studies, this most recent one supports the use of  , including both surgery and chemotherapy, in the treatment of mesothelioma. “Receipt of either surgery or systemic therapy and particularly the combination of these two modalities was associated with better all-cause survival,” the study states.


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