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A 27-year-old member asked:

can mesothelioma lead to lung cancer?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Mesothelioma is actually a type of cancer; this cancer affects the lining of the lung and can be very difficult to treat. It usually occurs in smokers who have had asbestos exposure; sometimes the asbestos exposure may have occurred many years ago.
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
A significant number of smokers with mesothelioma were traced back to a specific brand of cigarettes. The "Kent" brand had a micronite filter. This was actually an asbestos filter. Smokers got less tar, but inhaled asbestos
Aug 4, 2012
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Semantics for most: Meso - is a malignancy of the lining of the lungs, commonly assoicated with asbestos exposure, and linked to smoking too. Asbestos causes lung cancer and meso. Meso is daunting to overcome in the first place, and outcome highly dependent on cell type which can determine behavior. Treatment of meso is tough. I'd get through that more than worry about what is next.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is actually a type of cancer that affected the lining of the lung. It is highly associated with exposure of asbestos. If one is also a heavy smoker and have significant exposure to asbestos- not only he/she has a very significant risk for mesothelioma but also his/her risk for developing lung cancer will be very high.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the survival rate of patients with mesothelioma lung cancer?

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Dr. Jean Jeudy
Radiology 17 years experience
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a very serious disease. Not an easy answer and depends on a number of factors (time and stage at diagnosis, age, surgical operability, other medical issues) 5year survival has been quoted between 5-10%; One international study found 21 month survival w Stage 1 to 12 months w Stage 4. Consider a team approach w surgeon, radiation & medical oncology, pathology, and radiology

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