What Are Survival Rates for Malignant Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a serious cancer. Most people with it have an advanced form, meaning the cancer has spread. The average survival time in studies has ranged between 4 and 18 months. However, your outlook depends on the stage of the tumor. It also depends on whether removing the tumor with surgery is an option. Finding the cancer in its early stages usually means a better outlook.

According to the American Cancer Society, mesothelioma is not a common cancer, which makes it difficult to find accurate survival rates. The organization estimates mesothelioma's 5-year survival rate to be between 5% and 10%. This rate is slowly improving. Treatments are getting better. Because of this, people just diagnosed with mesothelioma may have a better outlook.