5 Steps to Take after a Mesothelioma DiagnosisOctober 25, 2018
Aggressive and life-threatening, mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is newly diagnosed in about 3,000 Americans each year. 1 While a mesothelioma diagnosis can be scary and distressing, it’s important to remember that the steps you take following your diagnosis can have big impacts on your:
- Physical recovery
- Emotional wellbeing
- Potential rights to financial recovery.
To help those who have – or who have a family member who has – been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the following points out a handful of the essential steps to take in the aftermath of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
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Step 1: Get a Second Opinion.
A second or subsequent opinion can only help, potentially:
- Identifying a misdiagnosis
- Confirming important details about the condition, thereby clarifying the best treatment options.
If the first diagnosis did not come from a mesothelioma specialist, try to see a specialist when you’re looking for a second opinion. A specialist can provide key insights into the status and progression of the condition, as well as the latest treatment options.
Step 2: Learn about the Condition & Locate the Right Treatment Specialists.
The more you understand about mesothelioma, the more empowered you will be to find the right specialists and possibly even identify potential sources of asbestos exposure (which causes the condition).
Step 3: Follow the Recommended Course of Treatment.
Commonly, mesothelioma is not diagnosed until it has progressed to later, less treatable stages. This is largely due to the latent and/or relatively generic symptoms associated with the early stages of the condition.
Consequently, once mesothelioma has been diagnosed, a commitment to pursuing all treatments prescribed by a specialist will be critical to fighting the condition and positioning yourself for the best possible prognosis.
Depending on the type and stage of your condition, treatment options can include some combination of:
- Gene therapy
- Alternative treatments.
Step 4: Set Up (& Lean On) Your Emotional Support System.
Fighting mesothelioma can be as physically tough as it is emotionally difficult and draining. Staying strong and positive through the fight can be far easier when you have a reliable emotional support system. Depending on your circumstances, support systems can include any combination of:
- Family and/or friends
- Professionals, like therapists
- Group therapy.
Step 5: Get Free Legal Advice about Your Options for Financial Recovery.
Once you’re getting treatment and you’re on the road to medical recovery, meeting with a mesothelioma attorney is essential to discovering the available legal remedies and pursuing financial recovery.
In most cases, mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, which can occur:
- At work
- At home
- With contact with any asbestos-containing product.
In these situations, it’s not uncommon for asbestos exposure to be the result of some form of negligence, whether that involves failing to:
- Properly abate asbestos
- Provide workers with the proper safety gear when they may come into contact with asbestos
- Provide warnings about risks of asbestos exposure (on certain premises or when handling certain products).
When asbestos exposure and mesothelioma have resulted from any form of negligence, you can count on an experienced mesothelioma lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm for:
- Extraordinary advocacy and exceptional representation
- Compassionate, personalized service
- Optimal chances of improving your recovery.
While compensation cannot reverse a mesothelioma diagnosis, financial recoveries for mesothelioma claims can provide the means for seeking treatment and restoring lives.
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1: According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)