Remembering Questions and AnswersMany people with mesothelioma want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care. They want to learn all they can about the disease and their treatment choices. However, the shock and stress after a mesothelioma diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Often, it helps to make a list of questions before an appointment.
To help remember what the doctor says, people may take notes or ask whether they may use a tape recorder. Some also want to have a family member or friend with them when they talk to the doctor -- to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.
Getting a Second OpinionSometimes it is helpful to have a second opinion about the diagnosis and the treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others may cover a second opinion if the affected person or doctor requests it. Gathering medical records and arranging to see another doctor may take a little time. In most cases, a brief delay to get another opinion will not affect treatment for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Treatment OptionsThe doctor is the best person to describe the treatment choices and explain the expected results. The doctor and the affected person can work together to develop a mesothelioma treatment plan that fits the person needs.
Depending on the type and extent of mesothelioma, options may include:
- Radiation therapy
- A combination of these methods.
(You can read more about treatment options based on the stage of mesothelioma by going to the eMedTV article Mesothelioma Treatment by Stage.)