Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be frightening and overwhelming. A newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient typically may not know how to proceed. The Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler have compiled a step-by-step guide for patients to use after the initial finding of cancer.
After a person receives a preliminary mesothelioma diagnosis, a second opinion must be obtained. Patients must look for a physician that exclusively focuses their practice on mesothelioma. Mesothelioma specialists are experienced in the different types of mesothelioma, the different stages of mesothelioma and the tests to determine the stage of mesothelioma, as well as the best treatment by stage, and any new advances in treatment options. Locating a doctor that specializes in the asbestos-related disease optimizes a patient’s chance of more successful therapy.
A newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient should research the disease to learn more about their cancer and their options for treatment. There are many online sources readily available that can provide detailed information to patients.
Depending on the stage of the cancer, there are different treatment options available to manage the pain and symptoms that often accompany mesothelioma. Typical treatments usually recommended are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Other palliative therapies are also available to improve a mesothelioma patient’s quality of life. A mesothelioma specialist will often recommend the most appropriate course of treatment based on the stage of the cancer as well as the patient’s overall health.
There are various resources available for patients suffering from mesothelioma. Some resources that a mesothelioma patient may be eligible for include money for travel, complimentary airfare and free housing. In some circumstances, a patient may be eligible for no-cost treatment. Patients should research and pursue any and all resources that are available.
A person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma will need to rely on the support of family and friends. One of the common mesothelioma symptoms that a mesothelioma patient will soon face is severe fatigue. The support and aid of others will be pivotal in optimizing a patient’s treatment.
Patients should also consider contacting their local office of the American Cancer Society. The organization has many volunteers that are available to help cancer patients, including driving them to doctors’ appointments. For more information on how the American Cancer Society can help, follow this link: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/index
For a general overview of mesothelioma, please contact the Philadelphia asbestos attorneys at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler. We will evaluate your situation at no cost to determine if you have a legal asbestos claim. We represent clients in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Call our Center City Philadelphia office today at 1-800-369-0899 or contact us online.