Mesothelioma Treatment-How to Get the Best Out of Your Oncologist

Oncologists are specialist medical doctors who have specialized in the treatment of cancers. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or are currently being diagnosed, you are certainly going to have a lot of consultations with an oncologist.

Oncologists will often make a definite diagnosis of the type of cancer a patient has, and they develop a treatment program that is designed to treat the type and stage of cancer appropriately. Accurate diagnosis and treatment relies on different types of technology, and involves the gathering of different types of information from different types of tests.

A mesothelioma patient will meet several types of doctors and undergo different diagnostic and treatment procedures in the process of receiving treatment. The oncologist's will coordinate treatment of mesothelioma which is usually involves a group of different medical professionals who will administer different aspects of the treatment plan while working towards a common goal of giving the patient the best and most appropriate treatment possible.

Some oncologists specialize in particular areas of cancer treatment, such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Many specialize in certain types of cancer, including mesothelioma and other cancers such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, or breast cancer.

Generally you will begin seeing an oncologist after receiving a referral from your general physician, who may be able to provide you with several different referrals. However, you may not always have the luxury of being able to choose an oncologist. This might depend on who your treating physician is, and other factors such as the hospital to which you are admitted.

You are most likely not likely to meet an oncologist until when you are almost through with the diagnostic process when your diagnosis is virtually certain. When you first meet with the oncologist, you will be asked to give a full history of the disease, its symptoms, how and when it started and a thorough physical examination will be carried out on you.

During diagnosis you may also undergo procedures such as biopsy, blood tests, and medical imaging scans such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan. All of these tests are used to determine whether or not you have cancer or another asbestos-related disease, what type of cancer is involved, where the primary tumor is located, and the stage of cancer.

The oncologist will gather all this information and use it to determine the best course of treatment.
During the treatment stage, an oncologist will use ongoing test results to determine what types of treatment are best. To do this, they will constantly re-evaluate your general health and the progression of the cancer within the body.

Having to undergo different diagnostic and treatment procedures can become very exhausting and it can often be a frightening process. Remember, that all of these procedures are essential to help you get the right treatment for your cancer.

The types of treatments that will work for you is highly dependent on the type of cancer you have and the stage it is at, thus, it is very important that your oncologist have access to up-to-date information about your health.

Depending on a variety of factors, the oncologist may recommend treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. These three treatment options are the most commonly used in the treatment of mesothelioma cancer.

Oncologists will recommend some type of surgery, followed by a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The type of chemotherapy and the dose you receive is carefully calculated by the oncologist according to factors such as your body weight, type of cancer, and stage of cancer.

Ask your oncologist questions any time you are not sure about something in the treatment process. Your oncologist will clearly explain the different types of diagnostic and treatment procedures you will undergo, the reasons why you are having these procedures, the results of these procedures, as well as overall prognosis.

If there are any aspects of the process or of your results that you don't understand, or would like more details about, do not hesitate to ask your oncologist for more information.

Diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma can be a very daunting experience for you and your family, and if you need information to make you feel more at ease with your treatment, your oncologist should be able to help in any way possible.

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