Steps to Take After Receiving a Diagnosis of Mesothelioma

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Published on August 22, 2018 and updated on March 7, 2022.

patient receiving diagnosis from a doctorWhen a doctor tells a patient that he or she has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the patient often feels scared, overwhelmed and anxious. Patients often wonder what their odds are for survival and how long they can live with the disease.

Our Maryland mesothelioma lawyers understand what patients and their families go through after receiving this diagnosis. We understand it is a very difficult time and victims are often unsure about what to do. There are several steps victims should take after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, which are outlined below.

Educate Yourself on the Disease

After a diagnosis, it is important to learn more about the condition. Learn about the type of mesothelioma that you have. Ask your doctor to provide you with specific information about your condition, including its location, the parts of your body affected by the disease and symptoms that you may experience. It is also important that you understand how this condition may impact your health and quality of life so that you have a greater understanding of this and can seek support as you are receiving treatment.

Consider Seeking Another Opinion

Before you get too worried, you might want to seek another opinion. Mesothelioma is very rare and there are a limited number of specialists who can accurately diagnose and treat it. Many forms of mesothelioma have symptoms that are present in other conditions, such as pneumonia or respiratory ailments.

A second opinion from a specialist may reveal a different condition. It can also help reassure you that you have been correctly diagnosed and clarify factors that can impact your treatment, including the stage of the cancer and the types of cells affected.

These are all reasons why you should strongly consider seeking a second opinion before starting treatment.

Find a Mesothelioma Doctor

A mesothelioma specialist should be part of your medical team. Because mesothelioma is so rare, general physicians or oncologists may not know how to properly treat the condition. Mesothelioma specialists can provide guidance and expertise during this important time. For example, a mesothelioma doctor can order a biopsy to help him or her learn as much about the cancerous cells as possible.

A mesothelioma doctor can also provide a greater number of resources. He or she can explain the latest treatment options that are available to you. For example, he or she may be more aware of ongoing trials that you may be able to consider.

Seek Emotional and Social Support

Being diagnosed by this condition is life-altering. You may feel overwhelmed trying to manage your treatment as well as your normal routine. To make things worse, a common symptom of mesothelioma is fatigue.

This is why it is a critical part of your healing for you to establish a support network. Lean on friends and family for support during this difficult time. You may also want to seek help from an oncology social worker or counselor with whom you can discuss your fears and concerns.

Mesothelioma or other cancer support groups can also help after a diagnosis. If you are unable to meet in person, there are online support groups that may help.

Prepare for Treatment

Mesothelioma treatments like surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy can be hard on your body, so it is important that you are physically prepared for treatment. You may benefit from physical therapy to ready yourself for treatment. Additionally, a healthy diet can help make your body stronger and better prepared for the physical challenges that lie ahead. It can also help boost your immunity. This is why your physician may recommend you meet with a dietician and physical therapist.

You may have breathing problems that may be better addressed by meeting with a respiratory therapist. Certain exercises or treatments may also help with breathing function.

Schedule a Free Legal Consultation

It is important that you also take steps to protect your legal claim. The costs associated with mesothelioma treatment are often significant.

An experienced attorney from our firm can discuss your diagnosis and possible legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation. We know how to investigate the source of your illness and understand the complexities of these cases. We have obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for mesothelioma victims and are prepared to work with you to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

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