You will naturally want get help from as many medical resources as you can find that offer information and assistance for mesothelioma patients. This section contains listings of some of the places and people who have expertise in mesothelioma. Many of them specialize in diagnosing and caring for patients with this asbestos-induced cancer, for related illnesses such as asbestosis, and for other types of lung cancers.
Doctors for asbestos-induced malignant mesothelioma
The most important of your medical resources will be the doctors who help with your asbestos-induced malignant mesothelioma. Even if you want to use alternative or complementary treatments in addition to traditional medical approaches, your doctor will be the person you want to trust to help you make these important decisions.
Choosing your medical care team should always begin with finding a doctor you feel comfortable with who's experienced in helping people with your particular disease—whether it's malignant pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma.
You will normally have a team of doctors to help you deal with various aspects of your mesothelioma. Your mesothelioma doctors may include specialists in areas such as oncology (cancer), thoracic (chest) surgery, and pulmonary medicine (having to do with the lungs). Your best opportunities to have the care of highly experienced and qualified physicians will be to seek care from one of the teams at one of the cancer centers that specializes in helping patients with mesothelioma.
Some other medical resources from which you can gain a better understanding of the disease, including treatment options, prognosis, and palliative care are listed in sections of this website that have information on mesothelioma specialists, clinical trials, and medical journal articles.
Information about mesothelioma
Even if you have already chosen your mesothelioma doctor, you can continue to find dependable, up-to-date information about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma and clinical trials for mesothelioma patients at the following medical resources:
The National Cancer Institute is a particularly valuable medical resource. www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society has been providing reliable information about cancers, including lung cancers and mesothelioma, for many years. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
MedlinePlus, the website for the National Library of Medicine, has information about asbestos www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asbestos.html and information about mesothelioma www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000115.htm.
Información sobre mesotelioma en español
Instituto Nacional del Cáncer http://www.cancer.gov/espanol (en Español)