6. Night Sweats or Fever
According to the American Cancer Society: “Fever is a body temperature of 100.5° F or higher (when taken by mouth) that most often goes up and down over the course of a day. Fever is usually caused by an infection. Other causes of fever include inflammatory illness, drug reactions, or tumor growth. Sometimes, the cause may not be known. In an infection, the fever is a result of the body heating up to try to fight invading germs. Fever is an important natural defense against germs. People getting chemo are more likely to have infections because they have lower numbers of the white blood cells needed to fight them.”
Patients with pleural, peritoneal, pericardial or testicular mesothelioma can experience night sweats or fever, regardless the stage of the disease. However, it is usually more common and severe in stages III or IV mesothelioma. Fever consists not only of increased skin temperature, but also tiredness, headaches, cold and shaking chills, body aches, skin rashes, redness or swelling, pus or yellowish discharge, cough or shortness of breath, belly pain, burning or pain while urinating, and sore throat.