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What are the final stages of mesothelioma?

For cancer patients, predictions about whether the disease can be terminal or how the final stages will play out are difficult to make with certainty. Still, there are some commonalities in what occurs in the final stages of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is typically considered terminal when it advances to stage 4 and tumors have spread through the blood and lymph to distant parts of the body. Mesothelioma typically starts in the lining of the lungs or abdominal cavity, so tumors spread first to the lungs, stomach, intestines and liver and other organs. By the final stages, these tumors may have grown large enough to severely interfere with those organs. They may cause symptoms like abdominal pain, shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness, fever, night sweats, severe weight loss, coughing up blood, fatigue and general malaise.

What are the final stages of mesothelioma?

Tumors may also be present in other parts of the body; for instance, if they spread to the brain, the patient may face headaches and vision problems.  At this point, treatment is difficult because tumors may be large enough interfere with many vital organs of the body, and be difficult or impossible to remove through surgery. Chemotherapy and radiation may be options, but may be inadequate to shrink cancerous masses down to manageable levels. Final-stage mesothelioma can involve failure of the heart, lungs, liver or other major organs.

At this point treatment will likely focus on managing symptoms through palliative care. Codeine and other opiates are the most effective treatment for sever pain from late-stage cancer, although other drugs such as ketamine and medical marijuana may also help treat symptoms.  Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can also be uses as palliative care: even if doctors do not hope to effect a cure, they can reduce symptoms by shrinking the bulk of the tumor.

What are the final stages of mesothelioma?

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