When it comes to mesothelioma, how long has someone lived with it?
Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1997 at the age of 52 and is now the world’s oldest survivor. As a student in Australia, he claims he was exposed to asbestos while working in a factory. Paul was given a six-month prognosis when he was originally diagnosed with mesothelioma, but he has since lived for more than 20 years.
Paul’s tale is especially compelling because he is a Holocaust survivor as well as a peritoneal mesothelioma survivor. He’s also beaten malignancies of the prostate and the brain. He credits his long-term survival to a total lifestyle adjustment that included a nutrient-rich mesothelioma diet, daily meditation, and combining yoga with various gentle types of exercise.
Survivor of Mesothelioma for the Longest Time
Paul Kraus is the world’s oldest mesothelioma survivor. Paul made the decision to treat his ailment holistically, with the help of his doctors. His story is amazing, and it has made him both an inspiration and a source of medical interest.
There were no established therapies for mesothelioma patients at the time Paul was diagnosed. He was told to get his affairs in order in case he didn’t have much time left, according to his doctors. Paul, on the other hand, refused to believe that his prognosis was beyond his control.
More than two decades later, it’s clear that this approach was the key to doing the seemingly impossible: overcoming mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma of the peritoneum is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
The type Paul was diagnosed with that fatal summer is even rarer than the pleural variant and grows on the abdominal lining (the peritoneum). The abdomen may grow bloated and the organs congested as the tumours spread. It’s also possible that fluid will build up around the lungs.
Mesothelioma can take years to develop, as it did in Paul’s case. The “latency period” is the time between exposure to asbestos and the onset of symptoms, and it’s one of the reasons why “asbestos cancer” is so difficult to diagnose correctly. Conventional cancer treatments are largely ineffective against mesothelioma once it has been detected, and many patients die within a year of being diagnosed.
However, there are major exceptions, as Paul Kraus’ case shows. Because his mesothelioma had spread so far, Paul was given less than six months to live. Paul is the world’s longest-living documented mesothelioma survivor and the author of a best-selling book on his incredible survival odyssey, which he received 20 years after his diagnosis.