Mesothelioma is a rare disease. As such, there are only a few doctors who specialize in treating mesothelioma and there are even fewer mesothelioma specialists. To get the best prognosis, a patient with mesothelioma will need to find the best specialists. Below, we give you a brief guide to find the best specialists.
Extensive ExperienceA specialist will have extensive experience in treating mesothelioma. A specialist who has extensive experience will be able to diagnose more accurately and treat more effectively. Ask the following questions to know a doctor’s experience:
- How many years have you been in this field?
- Do you have access to top-rated health facilities?
- Do you have staff that will support you during treatment?
- Do you participate in clinical research, particularly on mesothelioma?
Knowledge of MesotheliomaA good specialist will have not just extensive experience but also a deep understanding of mesothelioma. Keep in mind that while oncologists may be able to diagnose mesothelioma, they are not specialists. Specialists tend to know the latest treatments for mesothelioma, which many oncologists don’t follow.
EtiquetteA good specialist will have good etiquette, both personally and professionally. Etiquette is important because you will work with the doctor during your treatment. As such, you need to be comfortable talking and interacting with them.
A good specialist will listen to a patient, give them time to ask any questions related to their condition that they have in mind and treat them with respect.