For many veterans and their families, receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. Cancer might have been developing in their bodies for years or decades, and there is still no known cure for the asbestos-related disease.
If you are wondering what the next step after diagnosis is, there are several resources you can utilize on our website that will help guide you:
Finding a doctor experienced in treating asbestos-related diseases is an important step after diagnosis. While a medical professional might have diagnosed you, a specialist will know what plan of action is best. Mesothelioma and lung cancer specialists are located in at least eight states, usually in comprehensive cancer centers.
As stated above, there is still no known cure for mesothelioma. However, there are many treatment options available to manage pain and prolong life. Early diagnosis is the key to living a longer, healthier life with an asbestos-related disease, as more treatment options are available in earlier stages.
Hospice and Caregiving
After diagnosis, the average mesothelioma patient is given 6 months to 2 years to live. By this time, family members might need assistance in dealing with the symptoms of the asbestos-related disease. Hospice and/or caregiving might be necessary.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma? Peruse our resources or contact us if you need help determining the next steps.