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  • Mesothelioma Survival Rate

    Around 55 percent of mesothelioma patients live longer than a half year, while about 35 percent live longer than one year. Just 9 percent of individuals determined to have mesothelioma survive longer than 5 years. Typically ladies over all age bunches have higher survival rates than men. Those determined to have peritoneal mesothelioma have the most astounding survival rate of any subtype.

    Cancer survival rates are typically measured with 5-year statistics, but mesothelioma statistics often reference 1-year and 3-year statistics due to a poor prognosis. Survival rates can help patients better understand their prognosis and also help specialists identify potential risk factors driving patient life expectancy. Survival time varies for mesothelioma patients based on type, age, treatment and other factors.

     

    Survival Rates for Mesothelioma

    In recent years, mesothelioma survival rates have improved, particularly for pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. New diagnostic methods to detect the disease early, as well as new treatments, are helping cancer patients live longer. However, there are many factors that can influence survival rates that must be taken into account, such as age, gender, type and other patient characteristics.

    Age and Gender

    Mesothelioma survival rates largely depend on the patient’s age and gender. On average, younger patients have a higher 5-year survival rate than older patients, and women have better overall survival rates than men. Mesothelioma specialists and researchers believe this is due to the overall better health of younger individuals, whereas older patients tend to have other diseases and conditions that could complicate their health and ability to withstand treatment. In relation to gender, more men held asbestos occupations at the height of its use, resulting in higher amounts of long-term exposure.

    Staging

    The stage of mesothelioma at the time of diagnosis is also an influential factor to survival rates. Early detection is the best way to improve a patient’s mesothelioma prognosis, and early-stage diagnoses have substantially higher survival rates than late-stage diagnoses. When diagnosed at stage 3 or stage 4, the cancer has likely spread to distant areas of the body and is therefore more difficult to target and treat. If diagnosed at stage 1 or 2, the disease is likely localized and can be targeted with surgical resection and other aggressive treatments.

    Other Factors

    In addition to age, gender and staging, there are a variety of other factors that impact survival rates, including:

    • Location: Testicular mesothelioma survival rates are the most favorable, followed by peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma. Pericardial mesothelioma has the least favorable survival rates.
    • Cell Type: Epithelioid mesothelioma generally has the highest survival rates, followed by biphasic mesothelioma and sarcomatoid mesothelioma.
    • Genetics: The presence of biomarker BRCA1-associated protein-1 (BAP1) has shown lower survival rates.
    • Lifestyle Factors: Patients with a history of smoking have lower survival rates than non-smokers.
    • Blood Counts: High levels of hemoglobin, platelets or white blood cells have been shown to negatively impact mesothelioma survival rates.
    • Overall Health: Poor health factors like being overweight or having a compromised immune system often result in lower survival rates.

    Ultimately, patients should discuss their individual diagnosis with their physician, along with impacting factors, to better understand where they fall in terms of survival.

    Improving Mesothelioma Survival

    Though there are many factors that can negatively impact survival rates, there are also ways that patients can improve their survival after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Treatment is the most important factor in extending life expectancy following diagnosis. For instance, a newer treatment combination of surgery with a heated chemotherapy wash known as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has improved 5-year peritoneal mesothelioma survival rates to at least 50%. Other types of mesothelioma have also seen some improvement in survival, as clinical trials continue to show hope in improving prognosis with treatments like immunotherapy.

    The treatment options available are largely dependent on the type and stage of mesothelioma. For those with stage 1 or stage 2 mesothelioma, undergoing aggressive treatment to remove tumors and tissues or organs containing cancer cells can lead to higher survival rates. Those with a later stage diagnosis may not have the same surgical options available, as the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs. However, chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatments could still be beneficial and extend survival.

    Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo aggressive pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) or extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgeries, both common in multimodal treatment plans, generally have a much higher rate of survival than those who receive chemotherapy alone. For peritoneal mesothelioma, patients who undergo cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with HIPEC have significantly higher rates of survival compared to patients who are unable to undergo surgery. When combined with systemic chemotherapy as an adjuvant treatment, the 5-year survival rate of patients who undergo CRS + HIPEC can be as high as 67%.

    In addition to traditional aggressive mesothelioma treatments, patients may choose to find clinical trials or undergo alternative treatments to extend their life expectancy, along with improving and maintaining better overall health.

     

     

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  • the establishment of Gondar city in the 17th century

    Since the establishment of Gondar city in the 17th century the opening of the cinema industry was not well developed. It is a recent effect, the Kino cinema is the first private cinema that Gondar has .It was established on May 2005 E.C. and is managed by the owner of Kino hotel which has an impact on the cinema. The Cinema has 110 sits and 6 employees including the manager. Even if it has small hall and non-organized staff it has high screen quality (4*3) resolution, one sound buffer (like mixer) and seven small speakers in the wall. Every customer pays 30 birr for each movie. Even though it is the smallest cinema in the city it tries to give enjoy full and very comfortable services for the customers.

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  • The 7th Leza award winners revealed

    The Leza Awards were established on 2011 by Berhanu Digafe who hosts Leza radio show on Sheger FM radio. The award established with an intention to honor and recognize Ethiopian artists for their contribution for the development of Ethiopian music and film.    

     

    The 7th Leza awards was held at Hilton hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The voting was done online by the general public through their website and the award was classified by 9 categories.

     

    Here is the list of all winners of the 7th Leza awards:

     

    - Best TV series of the year: Zemen Drama
    - Best main actor of the year: Alemseged Tesfaye (film title: Yabedech ye arada lij 3)
    - Best main actress of the year: Zeritu Kebede (film title: Taza)
    - Best single music of the year: Ethiopia (Teddy Afro) 
    - Best new singer of the year: Dawit Alemayehu
    -.Best music video of the year: Weta fikir (Bisrat Surafel) 
    - Best music album of the year: Ethiopia (Teddy Afro)
    - Best film of the year: Taza
    - Lifetime achievements award: Girma Beyene

     

     

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  • Ethiopian currency "Birr" devalues by 15%

    The National Bank of Ethiopia announces that the current currency of Ethiopia which is know as Birr has lost its value by 15% against foreign currencies the Ethiopian government made this Currency devaluations on October 11 2017 with an intention to boost export. 

                                                

     

    Many experts say that devaluations can be used by countries to achieve specific economic policies. The main benefits of having a weaker currency relative to the rest of the world is to boost exports, shrink trade deficits and reduce the cost of interest payments on its outstanding government debts. 

    However on the other side there is a risk that things might not work as planned because of the devaluation negative effects some of the most common dangers of weakening a currency include: Unstable market price, Loss of trust on the government and there would also be the currency and potential blowback the country will face from both domestic and international markets.

    Even though the government says actions will be taken to stabilize the prices of commodities most of the citizens of Ethiopia are not happy with the currency devaluation as there would be rapid increment on the price of things which are exported from foreign countries.

    Will this devaluation really favors Ethiopia? this would be the question which most of Ethiopians are eager to know about.

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