Mobile-Friendly: 9 Mesothelioma Symptoms to Look Out For

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 is unknown. When you have an infection, a fever is the body’s way of trying to fight invading germs. It’s an important natural defense. People getting chemo are more likely to have infections because they have lower numbers of 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.




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Isaura Santos graduated with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Her professional interests include science communication, public awareness of science and communication of science through entertainment.

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