The last stages of lung cancers are the most dreadful period of the disease. In these stages, the cancer is incurable and it is difficult to control. Treatments for the last stages of lung cancer are always complex, sometimes it ends with complications and side effects. The stage four of the non-small cell lung cancer and the extensive stage of the small cell lung cancer are the last stages of lung cancer. The cancer tumor at these stages of the disease are large in size and have spread to the entire lung, lymph node, and other parts of the body. At these stages of the disease, treatment options have been exhausted, and a cure is not possible. The treatments given are just for minimizing symptoms and to keep patient alive.
During these last stages of lung cancer, patients always have a lot going through their mind, the fear of death overwhelms their mind. Some patients are strong enough to fight the cancer till their last breath, while some easily give up and succumb to the imminent tragedy of death. There are obvious physical changes which occur during the last stages of lung cancer disease, the changes most times are not always the same with every patient. Some patients feel pain all over their body while some might not feel any pain, some will have difficulty in breathing and will need oxygen to control the regulation of air, while some may breathe comfortably without needing extra oxygen. But, there are common symptoms that occur to every patient whose cancer condition is at the last stage; these changes includes fatigue, weight lost, headache, seizure, weakness of speech, etc. These changes occur as a result of cancer spreading to other parts of the body such as the bone, brain, chest, spinal cord and so on.
Consequently, the last stages of lung cancer signify the final days of the patient, the body of the patient begin to change showing signs of death. The signs usually noticed in the last days by cancer patients are coolness and paleness of the skin, loss of appetite for both food and drink, irregular breathing, in perspiration, hallucination, and so on.