Stage 4 mesothelioma is known as the most severe stage of the cancer. As we know, mesothelioma cancer is the kind of cancer often caused by asbestos exposure. This cancer is sneaky and thus often patient of this cancer does not realize that they have the cancer until they reach the late stage such as stage 3 or stage 4. In Stage 4, the cancer cells have spread everywhere beyond the initial area. This is why when cancer patient reaches stage 4, the life expectancy will be seriously short. Stage 4 mesothelioma patients usually have only a year or less to survive. Beyond is more information about the stage of the cancer.
- The Definition of the Stage 4
As stated before, this stage of mesothelioma cancer is basically the most advanced and the most severe stage of the cancer. The most notable feature of this stage of mesothelioma cancer is that the cancer cells are not only destroying the metasis but have spread everywhere. The point of origin of this cancer is the metasis. The cancer cells start and grow from that area. The cancer cells first destroy the tissue around the metasis. However, in stage 4, the cancerous cells have spread and destroy the tissue from other areas in the body. Usually, in this late stage of mesothelioma cancer, the cancerous cells are also found in lymph nodes and lungs. Even the inner organs far from the metasis can also get attacked by the cancer cells. This stage of cancer is the latest stage and thus making it the terminal stage. People with this kind of cancer and have reached the stage will have less than a year life expectancy.
- Stage 4 Mesothelioma Symptoms
As stated before, mesothelioma cancer is hard to tell and thus often patient of this cancer does not realize that they have the cancer until they reach the late stage such as stage 3 or stage 4. However, the symptoms of mesothelioma cancer stage 4 are usually very severe. It is totally indicating that the cancer cells have spread through the body. Several of the most noticeable symptoms of stage 4 are:
- Breathing Difficulty
The starting point of this cancer is near the lungs and most of the cancer is caused by asbestos exposure. This is why difficulty of breathing is one of the most obvious symptoms of this cancer. However in late stages, the breathing difficulty becomes severe. Breathing is even painful for the patient. It will then be followed by shortness of breath (dyspnea).
- Swallowing Difficulty
Swallowing is also going to be painful for patient of late stage of mesothelioma cancer. The burning pain and also the discomfort indicate that the cancer cells have spread into the lyrix as well.
- Coughing up Blood
In stage 4 of mesothelioma cancer, coughing will happen a lot of times. It is painful and most of the time it will happen with blood. Coughing up blood means bad health condition. When you experience this, you need to contact your doctor because it can be one of the most obvious symptoms of stage 4 mesothelioma cancer.