Choosing the best mesothelioma doctor for your needs requires careful consideration. Mesothelioma is a rare disease, so many oncologists may not have experience (or may have very little experience) treating the disease. Establishing the amount of experience a doctor has with treating mesothelioma patients is important, but there are other things you should take into account as well, according to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Don’t be afraid to ask the oncologist about their experience with mesothelioma patients. Have they treated mesothelioma patients recently? Have they treated patients with the same type of mesothelioma that you have? Are they up to date with all the latest research and treatment information for mesothelioma?
Understanding what your treatment options are will help you take a proactive role in your treatment. Will your doctor be willing to try newer treatments as well as traditional ones? Will they suggest alternative therapies along with conventional treatment? Can they get you enrolled in a clinical trial for mesothelioma patients?