Mesothelioma : Questions For Your Doctor

Questions For Your Doctor - In today's age Mesothelioma patients take an active role in their health care, as educating yourself about your illness is the smartest thing you can do. You and your doctor should be working towards a common goal of to achieve your best possible level of health. An important part of this relationship is good communication. Here are some questions you can ask your doctor to get you prepared and comfortable with your treatment.

  • What is my prognosis with no treatment?
  • What type of Mesothelioma do I have?
  • What are the differences between my type of Mesothelioma and the others?
  • What stage is my cancer and what does this mean?
  • How does my stage of cancer affect me?
  • What if my stage of cancer changes and what will this mean?
  • What options are available to me for treatment?
  • Which of these treatments would you recommend the most?
  • Why would you recommend some treatments over others?
  • What are the chances my cancer will recur with each treatment plan?
  • What side effects and risks should I be aware of with treatment?
  • How long will my treatment take?
  • What is the recovery time expected for the type of treatment?
  • What should I expect when I come in for treatment?
  • How can I prepare myself ahead for time for treatment so that I will be ready?
  • Is there anything I should be doing on my own to personally aid in the treatment process (1)?
  • How do you feel about my prognosis and long-term chances of survival ?
  • Are there differing medical opinions about treatment and prognosis for those in my similar situation?
  • Would you recommend a second opinion?
  • How many cases of mesothelioma has he or she treated in the past year? In their career?
  • Are you a board certified surgeon?
  • Do you belong to a medical specialty society such as The American College of Surgeons?
  • How often do you perform the type of surgery I need?
  • How many such surgeries have you performed?
  • Can you explain the surgery to me, as well as the risk factors, side effects, quality of life and success rates you might expect?

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