Factors that determine responsiveness to treatment

The Asbestos Claim Centre can help you make an asbestos compensation claim if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis – we can also help if you have lost a loved one to such an illness at any point within the past three years.

The period following diagnosis can be a confusing, frightening and emotional time for everyone concerned. We are here to help you make the process of making a claim for compensation as stress-free as possible, while all the time ensuring your full rights under the law.

Factors that determine responsiveness to mesothelioma treatment
Tragically, a mesothelioma diagnosis invariably means one thing; the patient's life expectancy will be greatly reduced and there will be pain, suffering and grief for both the individual concerned and his or her close friends and family.

However, how long a person who has received a mesothelioma diagnosis survives will depend on a number of factors. Below we take a look at what some of these may be.

Latency period: Mesothelioma can take as many as four, five or even six decades to develop from the time of initial exposure. However, some studies suggest that the longer the latency period is, the more aggressive the cancer is likely to be once its symptoms become manifest.

Type of mesothelioma: The vast majority of mesothelioma diagnoses in the UK are for the pleural (lung lining) and peritoneal (abdomen lining) types of the cancer- the other, although much rarer type of mesothelioma is testicular.

Furthermore, there are three kinds of cells that can be affected and the type of cell affected will influence the patient's responsiveness to treatment. For example, epithelioid mesothelioma cells are the most likely to respond positively to treatment, while sarcomatoid mesothelioma cells are the least responsive, partly because they are so difficult to surgically excise and can be extremely difficult to target with chemotherapy. Biphasic mesothelioma cells are made up of epithelioid and sarcomatoid cells and as such fall somewhere in the middle in terms of their responsiveness to treatment.

The age of the patient: The age of a patient can also be an important factor in terms of determining how well a patient will respond to mesothelioma treatment. As is to be expected, older people are less able to stave off mesothelioma – this is because, typically, the elderly have less effective immune systems. This makes them both less well-equipped to fight off mesothelioma and less able to deal with the effects of powerful and draining treatments such as chemotherapy.

Tobacco use: Tobacco smoking, whether pre-made cigarettes or "rollies" can be a factor in determining how effectively a patient might respond to mesothelioma treatment. This is because tobacco contains many dangerous and carcinogenic chemicals and can have a serious impact on a patient's respiratory function.

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