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Is mesothelioma a painful death?

Cancer’s ability to shorten lifespan would be bad enough even without pain. But the unfortunate fact is that terminal cancer can be very painful as well. This is true of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer associated with asbestos that grows in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity.

Mesothelioma tumors begin growing in the lining of the lungs and abdomen, and can eventually spread to any part of the body. This means the pain of mesothelioma doesn’t spring from just one source, but has multiple causes. As tumors grow, they may press against vital organs, making it painful to breathe and possibly blocking digestion. A common effect of the disease is fluid buildup in the lungs and elsewhere, leading to pain associated with excess pressure. Cancer can also spread to the interior of muscle and bone, as well as pressing directly on nerves and causing pain signals or long-term nerve damage.

Is mesothelioma a painful death?

Over 60% of pleural mesothelioma experience chest pain, while a third to about half of peritoneal mesothelioma patients have abdominal pain.  Treating pain is an absolutely crucial aspect of mesothelioma treatment. The first step for minor pain is over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, while the next step is weak opioids like codeine. doctors may prescribe other drugs such as ketamine and topical treatments like lidocaine. For severe pain, the most effective option is strong opioids like morphine. These drugs can be dangerous when not needed, but for mesothelioma patients, they can be essential, and reduce the insomnia, fatigue and suffering they would otherwise undergo.

Is mesothelioma a painful death?

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