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Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Facing the Facts

Dec 24, 2007
A mesothelioma diagnosis is a frightening blow to one's emotional and financial well-being. Most people who have received such a diagnosis will feel some level of hopelessness about the prognosis, and rightfully so. However, learning as much as possible about the treatment and the details of your diagnosis will allow you to be better informed about the types of treatment available and how they relate to your own medical situation.

It is assumed that once a medical diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma is made, that the patient will want to look at treatment options in order to make the best decisions. A physician who specializes in pulmonary diseases and who is experienced with patients who suffer the disease is the most likely medical professional to be in charge of your care.

It helps to have a friend or family member with you when talking about the mesothelioma diagnosis with the physician. Some of the questions that should be addressed in the consultation include determining the stage of the cancer and whether it is in beginning stages or is further advanced.

It's important to know whether the cancer is localized or has spread outside of its original location. One major question which must be faced is the prognosis. Although there is no cure at present, there are treatments that appear to prolong life and certainly to make the patient more comfortable.

You will want to ask the physician about various treatment options after the mesothelioma diagnosis for you personally and ask for a recommendation for the preferred option, as well as why that option is being recommended. Along with the treatment options, you will want to be made aware of potential side-effects or risks of any of the treatments.

In the event of successful treatment after the mesothelioma diagnosis, most people want to know about the chances for recurrence or return of the disease. Finally, you should know what if anything must be done to prepare for the suggested treatments.

A consultation with an attorney who specializes in mesothelioma diagnosis cases has many of the same characteristics as the medical consultation. Preparing yourself with a list of questions to ask allows you to methodically cover the salient points. For example, you will want to know what legal options are available to you and/or your family.

You will probably also want to know how soon financial assistance might be available to you. You can ask about success rates for various options. More specifically, you certain will want to determine whether the attorney you select is experienced in the handling of mesothelioma diagnosis cases.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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