Facing a mesothelioma diagnosis can seem overwhelming. During this trying time, remember that your doctor is there to help you understand everything you can about the disease as well as what you can do to fight it.
As such, it’s in your best interest to go to your next doctor’s appointment prepared with some of the following questions so you can get all the information you need about how to proceed with your treatment.
We’ve compiled a list of helpful questions to ask your doctor when you receive your diagnosis or the next time you seek care after your diagnosis:
Which Type of Mesothelioma Do I Have?
Remember that there is more than one type of mesothelioma, and each type requires different treatment. The four main types of mesothelioma are:
- Pleural mesothelioma
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Pericardial mesothelioma
- Testicular mesothelioma
At What Stage is My Cancer?
Cancer has four stages and each stage will determine the type of treatment you receive. For mesothelioma, in particular, the stages are as follows:
- Stage 1: The mesothelioma has affected one side of the pleural lining and may be seen in the diaphragm.
- Stage 2: Both sides of the lung show the presence of malignant mesothelioma, as do the lymph nodes. At this point, the cancer may have spread to surrounding areas.
- Stage 3: The mesothelioma has reached the abdominal cavity and lymph nodes past the chest.
- Stage 4: The cancer has entered the bloodstream and spread to distant organs.
What Can Be Done to Manage My Symptoms?
Depending on your cancer’s stage, your doctor will recommend surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or some combination of the three. Each form of treatment has its own side effects. Hopefully, the form of treatment you receive will alleviate some of the chest tightness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Your doctor may also be able to recommend alternative treatments or lifestyle changes that can improve your overall health and symptoms.
If you have developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our team can help you recover the compensation you deserve to get the medical care you need. We have helped others in the same situation and we want to do the same for you.
Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (713) 787-3733 to schedule a consultation.