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A mesothelioma diagnosis is typically associated with a very short life expectancy. However, that doesn't always have to be the case. Some patients do beat the odds.
In 1982, science writer Stephen Jay Gould was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. Gould died 20 years later from an unrelated cause.
When Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1997, he was given months to live. Fourteen years later, Mr. Kraus is not only alive, but he is an outspoken advocate for mesothelioma survivors who want to take control of their treatments.
There are many others with similar stories. What could these people have in common? We offer a free survivor book highlighting the stories of people who have beaten the odds and survived mesothelioma. Learn about what treatments they underwent and what diet they followed. Fill out a form on this page and we will overnight you the survivor book along with a mesothelioma informational packet.
The immune system is a set of processes within a living being's body that protects against illness by identifying and destroying harmful objects. Many medical experts believe that malignant mesothelioma may be related in part to immune system deficiencies. In 1986, The Journal of Clinical Immunology published a study that found mesothelioma patients exhibit a significant reduction in the T (T11+) and T-helper (T4+) cells critical for healthy immune responses. However, in 2008, The Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery published the results of a Canadian study that found that mesothelioma patients with longer survival rates had higher levels of a specific type of immune cell called CD8+.
In addition, cytotoxic lymphocytes, nicknamed Natural Killer (NK) cells, play a major role in the immune system's response to viruses that spur tumor growth. Mesothelioma patients have been found to have greatly reduced levels of NK cells. Findings such as these suggest that one course of treatment for mesothelioma may involve immunotherapy combined with more traditional treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
For a more in-depth examination of the factors that impact life expectancy, survival rates, and other issues affecting mesothelioma patients, The Mesothelioma Center has put together a free packet of information. The packet contains medical information as well as resources for managing the costs of medical treatment. It also has lists of the nation's leading mesothelioma doctors and treatment centers. To receive your free packet by mail, please fill out the online form. We're happy to help you with your condition, not to mention get you access to any legal assistance that can help you access any monies you may be eligible for.
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