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A mesothelioma diagnosis is scary and requires prompt action at a time when it can be difficult to know what to do. However, a few well placed phone calls may be able to help you extend your mesothelioma life expectancy, suffer less and protect your family.
Your First Call Should Be to Your Close Family or Friends
Mesothelioma symptoms can be painful, a mesothelioma prognosis can be emotionally difficult, and mesothelioma treatment can be draining. Accordingly, it is important to surround yourself with close family members or friends who can offer the emotional support and practical help that you will need during your treatment.
Your Second Call Should Be to a Doctor Who Specializes in Treating Mesothelioma Patients.
After you have contacted your family and friends, you then need to find a good doctor who has experience treating mesothelioma patients. While one doctor typically leads your treatment, you may need to find an oncologist, a pulmonologist and a thoracic surgeon to participate in your treatment team.
The physician who made your mesothelioma diagnosis may be able to treat you or put you in touch with a more experienced mesothelioma doctor. If you need to find a doctor on your own then you might wish to contact the nearest hospital with a cancer facility, the American Cancer Society, or a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center.
Your Third Call Should be to an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
Often malignant mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. In many cases mesothelioma could have been prevented. Therefore, in order to protect yourself and your family, it is important to contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to discuss your case and to find out whether you may be entitled to financial damages for your injuries.
These calls won’t change your mesothelioma diagnosis. However, they may make your treatment a little easier, extend your life, and ease the burden on your family.