Diagnosed with mesothelioma? Next steps . . .


Diagnosed with mesothelioma? Next steps . . .  

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be frightening, and you may not be sure what to do once you get the information. Fortunately, there are good people who can help you get through the coming days, and who can help you decide what your best options are. 

1. Find a Qualified Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the best thing you can do is find a qualified doctor that specializes in helping patients with that particularly cancer so that he/she can offer you the best treatment possible.  There are some choices for patients who have this form of cancer, depending on the severity of it and where it is located. Most cases are found in the lungs, but it can also attack other organs of the body, including the heart. With that in mind, your first step after diagnosis is to find and talk to a qualified doctor about what kind of plan they might have for your treatment and your needs. Depending on how early the disease was caught, there may be more or fewer options for your future care.  If you need help finding a qualified physician in your area, please contact our firm for assistance.


2. New Options Are Becoming Available for Patients

Some newer treatments for mesothelioma are giving patients hope for the future. While these treatments are not always available to everyone, they are offering options for some people with the condition. Talking to your doctor about newer and even more experimental treatments can be worthwhile, depending on how advanced your condition is and what other treatment choices you have for your particular mesothelioma case. If you work with a team of professionals, the odds of extending your lifespan can be raised and your quality of life may be able to be improved, as well.


3. Consider Your History of Exposure to Asbestos

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the odds are that you were exposed to asbestos.  Some people may have been exposed to asbestos in their homes; however, many discovery they were exposed to asbestos at their work.

Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma have brought lawsuits against their employers, the manufacturers of the asbestos products, and the sites where the asbestos was located.  Many companies knew that asbestos was dangerous but did little or nothing to protect those workers exposed. The initial lawsuits served as warnings to the asbestos companies, and afterwards there is much evidence that they tried to cover up the health effects of asbestos.  


4. Find an Attorney to Help You Evaluate Exposure

The law firm of Wallace & Graham has many years of experience in helping employees who have been injured by occupational exposure to asbestos. We have represented thousands of workers in obtaining compensation for a disease that they should never have incurred.  Explore answers to FAQs on mesothelioma, exposures, and to learn other helpful tips on preventing mesothelioma.

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