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so, so sorry to hear about your dear dad.
no more pain or suffering for him; he is at peace now
Hi,Michelle,I know exactly how you feel my mother was diagnosed on 26/07/16 too ,came as an absolute shock,devastated she is 82 just back from hospital earlier today she can't have surgery or chemotherapy it is not going to be easy,but am sure you will know what to say to your dad.
Hi. My husband was diagnosed last June. He had 5 cycles of chemo which made him really ill. Since chemo has stopped the cancer has been very aggressive and progressed very quickly. He is now quite dependant on oxygen and and takes 60 mg morphine twice day , naproxen, oromorph as required, steroid, paracetamol and anti sickness.
Pete sleeps a lot of the time and wakes up very agitated. It's so hard to watch him fading week by week. We are planning on renewing our vows on 3rd June but I'm scared he won't be able to
Hi Chesanne9my heart went out to you when I read your comments here. My husband and I celebrated our Ruby anniversary in November last year. He had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 17 years ago and recovered only to be diagnosed with Mesothelioma in December last year (just before Christmas)
He decided to take the chemo offered as palliative care treatment and after the 1st round of chemo was so ill I worry he won't agree to more.
Like Pete my hubby is sleeping a lot.....he is angry and very scared and like you I struggle to watch him disappearing each week in front of my eyes.
I hope that Pete is well enough to renew your vows and my thoughts are with you both in the journey ahead. I cannot tell you how much I have raved about the injustice of all this as I know you probably have already done the same.
Love and thoughts are with you both
Just like many other types of cancers, Mesothelioma Stage 4 is the most advanced and difficult to treat. Sadly, most people do not develop any symptoms until the disease has progressed to Stage 3 and Stage 4. In fact, by the time they are diagnosed, the disease is often in the late stage.
"If you’ve been diagnosed with early–stage mesothelioma, you’re most likely eligible for traditional treatments—surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy—that can extend your life expectancy."
In Stage 4, mesothelioma usually has spread from the point of the origin throughout the patient’s chest cavity, abdomen, heart, distant lymph nodes, brain, spine, prostate as well as into the bloodstream.
Sadly, the prognosis for mesothelioma Stage 4 is usually very poor. Most patients at this stage usually have a year or less to live. At this stage, invasive surgical procedures and aggressive treatments are not recommended as the side effects may be severe. In other words, most treatment options are palliative rather than curative. This means that the mesothelioma patients’ medical needs are focused on end-of-life care such as pain relief management, emotional support, improving symptoms, and generally improving their quality of life. (See alternative treatments for mesothelioma patients)Mesothelioma Stage 4 Symptoms
Since the tumors have spread widely throughout vital body organs, the symptoms of mesothelioma Stage 4 tend to be very much severe compare to other stages. These symptoms only appear after the cancer has progressed in the body. The common symptoms of Stage 4 mesothelioma include;
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing - A general feeling of unwellness or intense fatigue - Fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen - Abdominal pain and discomfort - Difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia) - Coughing up blood (Hemoptysis) - Chest tightness and pain - Unexplained weight loss - Night sweats and fever
Some mesothelioma patients suffer from cachexia, a syndrome that involves weight loss, general body weakness, loss of appetite, muscle atrophy, and fatigue. Stage 4 mesothelioma may also cause blood problems such as anemia (low red blood cell count) and thrombocytosis (high platelet count).Mesothelioma Stage 4 Treatment Options
The treatment plan for asbestos-cancer is palliative (pain relieving and comfort) than curative. The main treatment options available are intended to extend the life of the patients, alleviate the symptoms, and make them more comfortable. Here are the main treatment options for the late stage of mesothelioma.
"If you’ve been diagnosed with advanced–stage mesothelioma, traditional treatments may not be an option, but you can participate in clinical trials where researchers are testing newer treatments like immunotherapy."
Source: Mesothelioma Stage 4
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