What is a mesothelioma? It is a type of cancer affecting the thin membrane of the vital organs of the body such as the lungs, heart, and abdomen. It is a rare yet aggressive form of cancer and it affects people who were exposed to asbestos for a long period of time. Just like any forms of cancer, the treatment modalities include surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
The stage 4 of cancer is the terminal stage. This means that the cancer cells already spread to other parts of the body such as the chest wall, pericardium, and diaphragm. It also affected the lymph nodes that are distant from the original location of the tumor. The doctor can’t do anything to keep the patient from dying. However, the doctor will do the best he/she can to improve the patient’s quality of life.
How will you be able to find out that the mesothelioma cancer is already in its stage 4? The following are stage 4 mesothelioma cancer symptoms:
- Body pain and discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- A build-up of fluid in the lungs (pleural effusion)
- Fluid build-up in the lining of the abdomen (ascites)
- Night Sweats
- Fatigue and body malaise
- Extreme loss of body mass (cachexia)
The patient and his/her immediate family will not only have to deal with the pain and discomfort but also the skyrocketing cost of treatment. All types of cancer require expensive treatment and the immediate family will shoulder the financial burden. In fact, even if the patient has health insurance, there are diagnostic procedures and tests that are not covered by the health insurance.
If you or your loved one has been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, then you could demand financial help. Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma. You deserved to be financially compensated. To help you with the legal steps, you need to consult a lawyer. The attorney will do the best he can to make sure that you will receive fair and just financial compensation.