When cancer metastasizes, or travels to distant parts of the body, it becomes more difficult to treat. Cancer usually does not metastasize until the later stages. Unfortunately, this means that many cases of mesothelioma have already metastasized before they are diagnosed because mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until the later stages.
Learn how long, in general, mesothelioma takes to metastasize and what you can do if you are suffering from metastasized mesothelioma.
What Happens During Late-Stage Mesothelioma?
Like other cancers, mesothelioma has four stages. In virtually all cases, mesothelioma does not metastasize until Stage 4. Approximately 10-50% of Stage 4 mesothelioma cases will undergo metastasis. This does not mean, however, that the cancer does not spread at all in the earlier stages.
Often, the cancer that begins in the lining of the lungs will spread locally and regionally during Stages 1-3, affecting more of the lung, heart, and chest cavity. Once mesothelioma reaches Stage 4, the cancer may metastasize to more distant parts of the body, including the liver, kidneys, and more.
At this stage of development, treatment is often limited to palliative care and managing painful symptoms rather than finding a cure for the cancer. Often, those with Stage 4 mesothelioma have a life expectancy of less than one year.
Suffering from Late-Stage Mesothelioma? Contact Us Today
Mesothelioma results from exposure to asbestos and is entirely preventable. If you or someone you love worked in construction, manufacturing, firefighting, or some other profession likely to come into contact with asbestos, schedule a doctor’s appointment and get your lungs screened for mesothelioma as soon as possible. Due to mesothelioma’s long latency period, many cases do not show any symptoms until the late stages.
It’s possible that a building owner or an employer can be held liable for asbestos exposure. Our attorneys can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a free case review.