The significant 15 to 50 year latency period, which elapses before the first asbestosis symptoms of the fatal and incurable mesothelioma cancer appear, almost invariably means that death will occur within 6-18 months.
Despite today’s universal acute asbestos awareness programmes and the strict legislation governing health and safety in the workplace, remaining undetected for such protracted periods of time compared to most other cancers may contribute to a confused prognosis if other health debilitating factors such as smoking or respiratory disease are involved.
Even after only a relatively short term exposure of several weeks during late teens or early twenties, mesothelioma is known to develop. However, the positive news is that current treatments are enabling mesothelioma sufferers to live longer than previously, aiding the progressive support of an asbestosis lawyer to an ongoing mesothelioma compensation process.
Recently, a medical case concerned the aftermath of the treatment of a young woman diagnosed with mesothelioma at the unusually young age of 29. An aggressive course of treatment, which included two extrapleural cancer removals from each lung, laser surgery and hot chemotherapy, was carried out.
After five years and now in her mid-30s, lung scans and further examinations show no recurrence of the mesothelioma cancer cells which can often reappear within 2-3 years after initial treatment amongst those elderly sufferers, lucky enough to survive beyond 6 to 12 months.
However, it has been shown that even this mortality time scale can be challenged.
In 2001, following detection of an inoperable tumour, a mesothelioma diagnosis patient was given less than one year to live. Having decided that both chemotherapy and radiation would have a negative effect on quality of life and would not prolong it significantly, the patient decided to embark on a holistic approach to maintaining health for as long as possible.
With the help of nutrition experts and other clinicians, a strict regimen was observed, which included taking over 100 supplements per month combined with an enhanced health diet consisting of organic foods, fresh fish and vegetables, and a complete abstinence from any from of sugar, hydrogenated oils or fried foods. The mesolthelioma patient survived for a remarkable further seven years before finally succumbing to the disease in July 2009.
Present day strict asbestos regulation has been successful in helping to drastically reduced the amount of possible exposure that can still occur in premises built before the 1980s.