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After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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Immediately after mesothelioma diagnosis, most victims and their loved ones are frightened and uncertain of what to do next. You may not have a clear understanding of what mesothelioma really is and what your diagnosis means for your future. Never hesitate to ask questions, both of your doctor and an attorney. A mesothelioma diagnosis, in any stage, means that you need to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can, and take action swiftly.

Getting a Second Opinion

Patients are sometime reluctant to seek a second opinion because they are afraid that it will insult or offend their doctors. The truth is, when you are diagnosed with any serious illness, especially when that illness is rare, it is standard procedure to seek a second opinion. Doctors know this and expect their patients to do so.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer. If you were not diagnosed by a mesothelioma expert, then the next step is to get a second opinion from a specialist who has ample experience with mesothelioma patients. If you were diagnosed by a mesothelioma specialist, then a second opinion may not be necessary, but it is still reasonable to seek one and you really need to go with your gut. If you question the diagnosis or the thoroughness of the tests, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion.

Ask Questions

As you come up with questions, write them down. Make a list of the questions your loved ones have, too. You do not need to wait for your doctor to give you bits and pieces of information. When you go to the doctor, take your list of questions and make sure you get answers to all of them. If you do not understand the answers you get, keep probing until you do.

Pursue Treatment Right Away

Treatment for mesothelioma should begin very quickly after diagnosis. If you were fortunate enough to be diagnosed in the early stages of mesothelioma, swift treatment may be able to eliminate the cancer. If, like most patients, you were diagnosed in the final stages, you need to start treatment right away to preserve or improve your quality of life and extend your life as long as possible.

If your doctor does not move quickly on a mesothelioma diagnosis, you are not working with the right doctor. You may need to take action yourself by contacting a cancer center. You may need to be treated at the center or the specialists there may be able to coordinate with doctors in your area for at least a portion of your care.