Mesothelioma is one of the rare forms of cancer. It affects people who are exposed to asbestos for a long period of time. Many people who have mesothelioma are actually not aware that they have the disease until such time that the symptoms become evident. Stage four mesothelioma symptoms are deteriorating. The patient and the immediate family feel like the patient is a hopeless case and that whatever treatment interventions would mean nothing as the patient will eventually die.
When it comes to treatment interventions for mesothelioma stage 4, there are a few things to keep in mind. Stage 4 is the end stage and the treatment interventions are focused on providing comfort to the patient. The patient will receive palliative care which may include any of the following:
In stage 4, surgery is done to get rid one of more tumors as well as thoracentesis to thoroughly get rid of the fluid in the lungs. However, these procedures cannot make the patient well. They will only ease the patient’s discomfort.
Chemotherapy and radiation
In some patients, chemotherapy can lessen the pain and can slow down the spread of the tumor. Radiation therapy is rare when it is already in stage 4 but some doctors may still recommend it to significantly reduce the size of the tumor and relieve the pressure on the patient’s chest and abdomen.
Treating cancer can be financially draining, especially if it is the mesothelioma type. Health insurance is a big help but sometimes insurance companies do not cover the entire cost of the treatment, especially special procedures, clinical trials, and diagnostic procedures. If you or someone dear to you is diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you need to find out all your available financial assistance.
If you have been working in a construction company and was exposed to asbestos, then you could be eligible for mesothelioma claim. You need to consult your lawyer to know your legal options. Mesothelioma is not only debilitating to the patient but to the significant others. See a lawyer and know your legal options as it could surely be a big help.