There are four identified stages of malignant mesothelioma. When a mesothelioma patient’s cancer is identified as having progressed to Stage III, it is an indication that their cancer has advanced significantly. The symptoms that are experienced during Stage III mesothelioma are more severe and more painful, and the treatment options that are available begin to diminish due to the fact that the cancer has spread beyond an area immediately available for surgical intervention. Stage III pleural mesothelioma generally means that the cancer has moved beyond the lung tissue and diaphragm and into the lining that covers the chest cavity, the diaphragm, or the lung itself.
Though the prognosis for a mesothelioma patient who is in Stage III is grim, it is encouraged that they continue to avail themselves of treatment, as there are a number of medical protocols that can help to make them more comfortable and provide them with more quality time with their loved ones. In addition to traditional medical approaches, many mesothelioma patients have reported getting tremendous benefit from alternative therapies, including stress management, meditation, exercise and improving their diets. Every patient’s prognosis is unique, no matter what their stage.
Symptoms of Stage III Mesothelioma
No matter what type of mesothelioma you have been diagnosed with, once your condition has progressed to Stage III there is a good chance that you will experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including skin rashes, fever, vomiting or nausea, and fatigue. Many mesothelioma patients are also diagnosed with anemia once they are in Stage III. Whether you personally have these symptoms will depend upon the treatment that you are receiving, your overall health, and your individual tolerance for pain. Additionally, patients will likely have other symptoms that are specific to the type of mesothelioma that they have.
- Stage III Pleural mesothelioma patients who are will likely experience a high level of chest pain, as well as extreme difficulty in breathing. They are likely to have a persistent cough or wheeze and shortness of breath.
- Stage III Peritoneal mesothelioma patients will generally experience lumps under the skin, abdominal pain and cramps, night sweats, and bowel blockages. They will also lose a dramatic amount of weight.
Treatment for Stage III Mesothelioma
Patients whose mesothelioma has spread beyond the localized area where their cancer first originated are confronted with a harsh reality. Surgery at this stage provides only marginal improvement or hope, and can be physically traumatic for a patient whose overall health is not good to begin with or has been weakened by the disease. In most cases, patients who are in Stage III of a mesothelioma diagnosis are provided with options that may include surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, but these protocols are offered to provide pain relief and improved quality of life rather than a hope for a curative effect.
Prognosis for Stage III Mesothelioma
Though every mesothelioma patient is different, the statistics regarding patient survival for those with Stage III mesothelioma are not good. Some patients will die a few months after they have reached this stage, while others may live for as long as a year. The disease is highly unpredictable, and though a good deal of patient prognosis has to do with factors such as choice of treatment protocol, age, gender and overall health, these are not always predictive. You are strongly advised to have a continuing dialogue with your mesothelioma physician to determine what options may remain to you, as well as to communicate your personal goals. Your physician may be able to offer you a number of valuable coping strategies and tools for improving the quality of your life that will not only provide you with stress relief, but also provide you with a better prognosis.
Legal Help for Mesothelioma Patients
People who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible for compensation from the $30 billion asbestos trust funds, or to file a mesothelioma lawsuit against the asbestos companies that negligently exposed them to asbestos. If you or someone you love has an asbestos-related condition like mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asbestos lung cancer, contact our office today at 1-800-793-4540. We will put you in touch with one of our experienced mesothelioma attorneys or send you a free Financial Compensation Packet that will provide you with helpful information about the compensation that you may be eligible to receive.