Malignant Mesothelioma

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What should you ask your doctor about malignant mesothelioma?

As you cope with cancer and its treatment, you need to have honest, open discussions with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • What kind of mesothelioma do I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond where it started?
  • What is my cancer’s stage (extent), and what does that mean?
  • Is my cancer likely to be resectable (removable by surgery)?
  • Will I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What is the goal of treatment?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What will we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up might I need after treatment?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times. Or you may want to ask if you qualify for any clinical trials.

Last Medical Review: 12/19/2013
Last Revised: 12/19/2013