How Do You Die From Mesothelioma?

by Wendy Stevens on January 16, 2019

Death will usually ensue several months after mesothelioma spreads to major organs in the body. The tremendous damage cancer causes will gradually lead to the body shutting down.

Mesothelioma has a very aggressive progress and can lead to death in less than one year if left untreated

Over 2,000 people lose their lives to mesothelioma every year in the U.S. This form of cancer is rarely accompanied by clear symptoms during its early stages and thus, the majority of individuals are diagnosed when mesothelioma is very advanced and the number of treatments they can safely undergo is extremely limited. Moreover, the symptoms of mesothelioma can easily be mistaken for the signs of less severe respiratory conditions such as pneumonia or asthma. Therefore, death is often a tragic but natural outcome of mesothelioma.

When cancer enters the final stage, the tumor will have already spread to multiple other organs and tissues such as the heart, the lining of the abdomen, the diaphragm and the esophagus. Malignant cells produce extreme damage to all the affected regions of the body, impairing the normal functioning of the organs. The immune system is severely affected as well with mesothelioma and can no longer fight the disease. Cancer cells will also infiltrate the lymphatic system and will have ultimately spread throughout the entire body.

Several hours before death, the body starts shutting down, unable to battle mesothelioma anymore. During this time, it is not uncommon for the patient to experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • the person may appear less alert or, on the contrary, very restless
  • inability to eat or drink
  • hallucinations might appear as they begin losing consciousness
  • confusion
  • they may seem withdrawn, wanting to spend more time alone
  • loss of appetite
  • irregular or shallow breathing
  • involuntary movements
  • difficulty swallowing pills
  • drowsiness
  • short attention span
  • blurry vision and decreased hearing

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to take legal action. Asbestos victims are eligible for financial compensation, which you can easily recover with the help of a specialized attorney. The highly experienced lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have been providing quality legal representation since 1990. Please contact us at (205) 328-9200 and we will promptly evaluate your case.