Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the thin tissue covering the internal organs, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. A mesothelioma diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, and you may not know what to do next. To help you through, cancer.net has listed some important questions every patient should ask.
Immediately after diagnosis, here are the important questions a patient should ask:
- What kind of mesothelioma do I have?
- Where’s my tumor?
- Can you please explain the pathology report?
- What stage is the cancer in? What does that mean?
- What’s my prognosis?
Important questions to ask about treatment and side effects:
- What treatment options are available?
- Are there clinical trials available? What are the details? Where are they located?
- What is the overall objective of the treatment? (Ask whether it’s to destroy cancer, improve quality of life or both.)
- What’s the recommended treatment plan and why?
- Who will be in charge of the treatment?
- What are both the short- and long-term side effects of treatment?
- How can I stay healthy during treatment?
- What can be done additionally to treat any side effects that arise due to the treatment?
- Will the treatment affect my daily and/or sex life?
- Will the treatment affect that patient’s fertility?
Important questions to ask about surgery:
- What kind of surgery is it?
- Will any lymph nodes be removed?
- How long is the operation?
- How long will I need to recover in hospital?
- What will recovery be like?
- Are there any possible long-term side effects?
Important questions to ask about radiation and chemotherapy:
- What is the recommended treatment?
- What is the objective?
- What’s the duration of the treatment?
- Are there any side effects?
- Are there any long term side effects?
- What can be done to reduce the side effects?
Important questions to ask about follow-up care:
- Is there a possibility the cancer will come back? What the warning signs?
- What kind of follow-up tests will I need to have? How often?
- Who will be in charge of my follow-up care?
- What kind of support is available to the patient and their families?
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