Selecting a Cancer Center
A mesothelioma diagnosis brings with it many changes and very important decisions, not the least of which is the decision of which cancer treatment and treatment center to trust. In many cases, the first step is to determine the course of treatment that will be most effective for your particular case, and then choose the treatment center based on that. This is the route most often taken because certain doctors can specialize in certain treatment methods, such as radiation or mesothelioma surgery.
A number of important factors need to be weighed in the treatment center selection process. For example, is transportation or proximity an issue? Are you comfortable traveling for treatment? Are there certain clinical opportunities a particular center offers, or are the costs and insurance coverage associated with a particular center appropriate for your situation? Will your treatment be covered by VA benefits? Some cancer centers also include benefits for caretakers and patients’ families, which could also be an important factor in your decision.
The list of potential mesothelioma treatment centers is long and can appear daunting to patients and their families who may just be beginning to cope with a diagnosis and the changes that come with it. The best thing to do is to consult your diagnosing physician about potential treatment options and locations. In many cases, patient advocates can help patients and their families navigate the treatment selection process and can also give information on paying for cancer care.
It may also be helpful to work through your doctor to connect with other mesothelioma patients and their families, so that you can share your experience and gain valuable first-hand advice and information. There are a number of mesothelioma blogs and support groups that can be found online, and these resources may be very helpful in helping patients and their families understand the realities that come with a mesothelioma diagnosis and learn more about the treatment options available to them.