As mesothelioma progresses, patients may find they experience additional complications with the disease. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common complications mesothelioma patients may experience with help from rightdiagnosis.com.
Shortness of Breath
As the disease spreads throughout the lining of the lungs, the cancer growth will begin to put pressure on the lung tissue making it difficult to breathe and could lead to respiratory failure.
Again, the pressure of the cancer growth may result in chest pain as the mesothelioma progresses.
A build-up of fluid in the lungs may occur for some mesothelioma patients which will cause chest pain and breathing difficulties. The fluid can be drained but will then need to be drained on a regular basis.
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Dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing may occur as the mesothelioma advances through the lining of the lungs.
If the mesothelioma metastasizes, then the other parts of the body may begin to experience pain through pressure on the nerves or the spinal cord.
A build up of fluid accumulating in the stomach is called ascites and can occur in patients who have peritoneal mesothelioma.
A reduced level of oxygen in the blood due to breathing difficulties can lead to digital clubbing where the fingers and toes begin to round and become bulbous.
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