Don’t Be Shy – Ask as Many Questions as You Want After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

April 23, 2014

If you receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma, it’s extremely important that you have honest and straightforward discussions with your doctor. It is vital that you ask questions, no matter how small they may seem. The more informed you are, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with the battle ahead.

You need to be frank with not only your doctor but other members of your treatment team as well, including nurses and social workers. Write these questions down if need be and have someone with you if necessary to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

Here are some of the most common questions asked by mesothelioma patients.

  • What type of mesothelioma do I have?
  • What stage of cancer is it?  (The stage is a method of classifying how much of the disease is in your body and whether or not it has spread.)
  • Will you need to run further tests before you know what kind of treatment I need?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What kind of side effects can I expect from the treatment you recommend?
  • What do I need to do to get ready for treatment?
  • How long will the treatment last and where will it take place?

Clinical Trials

Another important question to ask is whether or not you will be able to qualify for any clinical trials that may be available. These are tightly controlled research studies that are performed in order to more closely examine new procedures or treatments. If you’re interested in volunteering for a trial, there’s a possibility that one could be conducted in the very hospital or clinic where you’re getting treatment. Your doctor or another member of your treatment team may be able to steer you in another direction if there are no trials being conducted at that particular hospital.

In many instances, a clinical trial will be the only way to access state-of-the-art cancer treatment. It may also be the only way for a doctor to determine whether or not a new method of treatment will be successful. If you can find one and you qualify, you may find it well worth your time to volunteer.

The mesothelioma lawyers with Baron and Budd have been fighting for the rights of our clients for more than 35 years, and we may be able to help you as well.

If you would like to learn more, give our mesothelioma law firm a call at (866) 538-0485 or contact us here.