I consider it always in one’s best interests to explore all viable mesothelioma treatment options. In preparation you should work closely with your diagnosing physician or primary care physician as he or she will likely be actively involved in your follow-up care should you seek treatment from a mesothelioma specialist or expert in the remedy of mesothelioma.
Many times family members, those close and not-so-close, will try to sway or encourage the mesothelioma patient to seek consultations for treatment that he or she has no desire to undergo. Nevertheless, obtaining a second opinion is a highly personal choice.
Before you meet with the specialist you should not only gather all your medical records but also take into consideration the following when you meet:
- Do you believe that the doctor is honest with you?
- Do you feel comfortable talking with the doctor?
- Are you able to understand what type of treatment is proposed?
- What is required of you during recovery?
I have observed that when a mesothelioma patient chooses the surgeon or mesothelioma specialist with whom he or she feels the most comfortable, the patient seems to have a brighter prospect and attitude toward recovery.
If it takes a consultation from more than one mesothelioma specialist, then do it; but do it quickly. A wait-and-see approach to your mesothelioma diagnosis will only lessen your chances for a viable treatment option.