How do I know that my physicians is experience enough to treat me? Question 14 -15

I have been given a diagnosis of mesothelioma. Since this is a rare disease, how do I know that my physicians have enough experience with the disease to treat me?

It is important that you get the best information available regarding your particular condition in order to decrease confusion, establish confidence in the treatment team, and have every opportunity to fight the disease and live as long as possible. 

In the majority of cases, your physician will inform you whether the institution he or she is associated with has a special interest in the disease and treats more than 50 cases of mesothelioma per year. 

If those resources are not at your physician’s disposal, he or she should recommend a second opinion at a cancer center, which is a specialized institution to which he can refer you for mesothelioma. You should not lose your primary physician or the physician who made this initial diagnosis as your advocates. 

He or she will play a crucial  role in coordinating your care with the cancer center by making the initial contact (referral), and often by coordinating the testing to be done close to your home, so that when you visit the cancer center much of the workup will already have been performed.

Should I get a second opinion? Question 15

It is always a good idea to get a second opinion so that you know about every option available to you. The first physician you see about the disease may not be an expert in the field of mesothelioma. 

Having a second opinion allows you to seek out those with knowledge of the disease and its treatment. Also, different cancer centers may have different treatment options available.

When you seek consultation with other physicians, the mesothelioma expert should inform you and your family of what is available to you. Remember, you have a right to choose where you go for treatment and what physician will ultimately be responsible for your care. 

It is important that you feel comfortable with the health care team, as they will be assisting you along the way with many important decisions. If your primary doctor, or the oncologist that you have been referred to, is not a mesothelioma specialist, ask about a second opinion at a mesothelioma center. 

Your doctors should be open to such a suggestion; if they are not, seek other sources that can help you find a mesothelioma expert.

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