Mesothelioma the Final Stages: What You Need to Know

Mesothelioma Symptoms Near Death

Also known as Stage 4 or late-stage mesothelioma, “Mesothelioma End Stage” is the most advanced and final stage of the disease. It’s also commonly known as the “near death stage”.

At this stage, the cancer usually has spread or metastasized beyond the point of origin, which is either the protective mesothelium linings of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart (pericardium mesothelioma), and testicles (testicular mesothelioma), to surrounding parts of the body.

When the cancer has reached its end stage, it becomes difficult to treat because the available treatment options cannot eliminate all the tumors due to extensive metastasis. Also, the patients are often too weak to withstand aggressive treatment options such as surgery.

This explains its very poor prognosis as patients diagnosed at the later stage of the disease usually have 1 year or less to live.

Most treatment options at this stage are administered to alleviate symptoms such as pain and fatigue, improve the life quality of the patient, and extend their lifespan.

Mesothelioma Symptoms End Stage

Mesothelioma symptoms near death are quite severe and aggressive as the tumors usually have spread far and wide. As stated earlier, most treatment options are administered to alleviate symptoms such as pain, fatigue, including others.

That being said, let’s have a look at the near death symptoms of each type of mesothelioma.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms Near Death

With pleural mesothelioma, the cancer has spread beyond the linings of the lungs to larger sections of the chest wall, diaphragm, lymph nodes, and lining of the heart.

The most common pleural mesothelioma symptoms near death include;

  • Fever and/or night sweats
  • Fluid buildup in the chest (pleural effusions)
  • Severe chest pain
  • General feeling of tiredness/fatigue
  • Tightness of chest
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
  • Painful breathing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms Near Death

The cancer usually has spread beyond the mesothelium lining of the abdomen to surrounding organs. Symptoms may vary with each patient, although the most common end stage symptoms include;

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Buildup of fluids in the abdomen (peritoneal effusions)
  • General feeling of fatigue and/or unwellness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats and fever
Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms Near Death

Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma that affects the membrane lining of the heart and accounts for less than 1% of all mesothelioma cases.

Near death symptoms associated with this type of cancer include;

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Build up of fluid (pericardial effusions)
  • Severe chest pain
  • Pericardial bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Abnormal Pericardial thickening
  • General feeling of tiredness
Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms Near Death

Also known as tunica vaginalis testis, testicular mesothelioma is a form of mesothelioma that affects the membrane lining covering the testicles. It’s a rare form of cancer, accounting for less than 1% of all mesothelioma cases.

Its prognosis is much better compared to other types of mesothelioma cancers.

The symptoms of testicular mesothelioma in its later stage result from tumor formation and severe inflammation of the sac surrounding the testicles.

Common mesothelioma symptoms near death at this stage include;

  • Severe pain in the testicles
  • Swelling of the scrotum
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • General feeling of tiredness/fatigue
  • Fever

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