Understanding Your Mesothelioma Diagnosis
If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, you probably have many questions. Some of these questions were probably answered by your doctor the day you were diagnosed, but the surprise and overwhelming nature of such a diagnosis can make anyone relatively speechless. Perhaps you started thinking of more and more things after you left the doctor’s office and feel confused and frustrated.
Your first step should be to write down these questions as they come to you. You may want to carry around a small notepad in which you can jot down any thought as soon as it comes so you can refer back to them at a later time. Review your thoughts and questions and create a list of questions to have in hand during your next doctor’s visit.
The Different Forms of Mesothelioma
There are three forms of mesothelioma.
- Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lung
- Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdominal cavity
- Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the heart
Your specific type of mesothelioma was determined during lab tests done on your tissue biopsy. Once you receive your diagnosis and possible treatments suggested by your doctor, carefully consider your options. It is also never a bad idea to get a second opinion. A good doctor will understand your wish for a second opinion and respond in a helpful manner.
For more information on mesothelioma and your particular diagnosis, visit the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center.