Oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, some specific to mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma doctors understand the latest research and treatment advancements, including through clinical trials. In recent years, strides have been made in understanding and addressing the disease.
Patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma should seek the care of a specialist that has experience treating the disease to receive the best care. Mesothelioma doctors can help patients and families understand their prognosis, as well as any treatment options available.
Choosing a Mesothelioma Doctor
Not all physicians have experience with mesothelioma, so patients are typically referred to a cancer specialist by their healthcare provider. Finding a mesothelioma specialist is not only crucial to receiving the best treatment, but also to ensuring an accurate diagnosis. Early detection is difficult for mesothelioma, but the best way to improve prognosis. A mesothelioma specialist can diagnose the disease, or confirm a diagnosis, determining mesothelioma type, cell type, staging, treatment options and prognosis. With a thorough understanding of mesothelioma cancer, these doctors can help inform patients and their families.
Patients often have to travel to a comprehensive cancer center for specialized care. Most cancer centers are located in major cities, but there are mesothelioma doctors around the United States. Below is a guide to mesothelioma doctors by state.
Francisco Robert-Vizcarrondo, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
Benjamin Wei, MDThoracic Surgeon The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
Jeanne E. Anderson, MDMedical Oncologist Providence Alaska Medical Center
William E. Curtis, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon Alaska Regional Hospital
Linda L. Garland, MDDirector, Clinical Lung Cancer Program University of Arizona Cancer Center
Helen J. Ross, MDMedical Oncologist Mayo Clinic Hospital
Nabil Wasif, MDSurgical Oncologist Mayo Clinic Hospital
Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, MDMedical Hematologist & Oncologist Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Matthew A. Steliga, MDThoracic Surgeon Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Robert B. Cameron, MDThoracic Surgeon & Director, Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center
David M. Jablons, MDChief, General Thoracic Surgery & Director, Thoracic Oncology Laboratory University of California San Francisco Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Clinic
Joel M. Baumgartner, MDSurgical Oncologist University of California San Diego (UCSD) Health
Michael Yuechia Chang, MDThoracic Surgeon Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
W. Charles Conway II, MDSurgical Oncologist Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
Mark R. Cullen, MDDirector, Center for Population Health Sciences Stanford School of Medicine
Thierry Marie Jahan, MDMedical Oncologist University of California San Francisco Thoracic Surgery & Oncology Clinic
Mark W. Lischner, MDPulmonary Specialist Pulmonary Medicine Associates
Ravi Salgia, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist & Associate Director for Clinical Sciences City of Hope
Steven Ahrendt, MDSurgical Oncologist & Director, Cytoreductive Surgery/HIPEC Program UCHealth Lung Cancer Clinic – Anschutz Medical Campus
D. Ross Camidge, MDMedical Oncologist UCHealth Lung Cancer Clinic – Anschutz Medical Campus
Robert C. Doebele, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist & Director, Thoracic Oncology Research Initiative University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
John D. Mitchell, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon & Chief, General Thoracic Surgery UCHealth Thoracic Surgery – Anschutz Medical Campus
W. Thomas Purcell, MD, MBAMedical Oncologist UCHealth Lung Cancer Clinic – Anschutz Medical Campus
Frank C. Detterbeck, MDChief, Thoracic Surgery & Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
Michael R. Grey, MDChairman, Department of Medicine Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Carrie A. Redlich, MD, MPHDirector, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program Yale School of Medicine
Gregory A. Masters, MDMedical Oncologist Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., MDChief, Thoracic Surgery Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Lary A. Robinson, MDThoracic Surgeon Moffitt Cancer Center
Alberto A. Chiappori, MDMedical Oncologist Moffitt Cancer Center
Yanyan Lou, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist Mayo Clinic Head and Neck Cancer Center
Tawee Tanvetyanon, MD, MPHMedical Oncologist Moffitt Cancer Center
Eric Toloza, MD, PhDThoracic Surgeon Moffitt Cancer Center
Nestor R. Villamizar Ortiz, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon/Thoracic Surgeon Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Seth D. Force, MDThoracic Surgeon & Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Daniel L. Miller, MDThoracic Surgeon Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Michele Carbone, MD, PhDDirector, Thoracic Oncology University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Haining Yang, MD, PhDResearcher University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Timothy E. Sawyer, MDRadiation Oncologist St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI): Boise
Matthew W. Schoolfield, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon St. Luke's Clinic
Edward R. Setser, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon East Falls Primary Care & Specialty Clinic
Samuel Armato III, PhDRadiologist The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Philip D. Bonomi, MDMedical Oncologist Rush University Cancer Center
Traves D. Crabtree, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute
Hedy Lee Kindler, MDDirector, Mesothelioma Program The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Muaiad Kittaneh, MDHematologist/Oncologist Loyola University Medical Center
Michael J. Liptay, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon Rush University Cancer Center
Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, MD, MBAThoracic Surgeon Loyola University Medical Center
Anita F. Conte, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center
Michael T. Slaughter, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists Indianapolis
Gerald H. Clamon, MDMedical Oncologist Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
James M. Levett, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Department of Surgical Specialists
Ali Ahmad, MDSurgical Oncologist Wichita Surgical Specialists
Chao Huang, MDDirector, Lung Program University of Kansas Medical Center
Prakash Neupane, MDMedical Hematologist/Oncologist University of Kansas Cancer Center
Goetz H. Kloecker, MD, MSPH, MBAMedical Oncologist University of Louisville Physicians
Timothy W. Mullett, MD, MBAThoracic Surgeon UK Markey Cancer Center
Victor H. van Berkel, MDThoracic Surgeon University of Louisville Physicians
Brian L. Pettiford, MD, MBAThoracic Surgeon The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
Robert Ramirez, DOMedical Oncologist The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
Seth D. Blank, MDThoracic/Cardiovascular Surgeon MaineGeneral Medical Center
Gary M. Hochheiser, MDSurgical Oncologist Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Stephen C. Yang, MDThoracic Surgeon The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Julie Renee Brahmer, MDMedical Oncologist & Director, Thoracic Oncology Program Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Patrick Forde, MDDirector, Thoracic Cancer Clinical Research Program Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Joseph S. Friedberg, MDHead, Division of Thoracic Surgery & Program Director, Pleural Mesothelioma University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Raffit Hassan, MDChief, Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch & Senior Investigator National Cancer Institute
Petr F. Hausner, MDMedical Oncologist University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Raphael Bueno, MDChief, Division of Thoracic Surgery & Director, International Mesothelioma Program Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Pasi A. Janne, MD, PhDDirector, Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Michael S. Kent, MDDirector, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Richard L. Kradin, MDAssociate Pathologist Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
David J. Kwiatkowski, MD, PhDSenior Physician – Medical Oncology Brigham and Women's Hospital
Scott J. Swanson, MDDirector, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Brigham and Women's Hospital
Shirish M. Gadgeel, MDMedical Oncologist University of Michigan
Gregory P. Kalemkerian, MDMedical Oncologist University of Michigan
Ayman Soubani, MDThoracic Oncologist Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Robert A. Kratzke, MDMedical Oncologist Masonic Cancer Center – University of Minnesota
Aaron S. Mansfield, MDMedical Oncologist Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Tobias Peikert, MDCritical Care Specialist & Pulmonologist Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Pierre E. De Delva, MDThoracic Surgeon The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute
John C. Ruckdeschel, MDMedical Oncologist & Director, University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute
Ramaswamy Govindan, MDMedical Oncologist Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Alexander Patterson, MDThoracic Surgeon Barnes-Jewish Hospital
John A. Federico, MDThoracic Surgeon Kalispell Regional Healthcare Surgical Specialists
John M. Schallenkamp, MDRadiation Oncologist & Medical Director, Oncology Billings Clinic Cancer Center
Jason M. Foster, MDSurgical Oncologist University of Nebraska Medical Center
Rudy P. Lackner, MDThoracic Surgeon University of Nebraska Medical Center
Brian W. Loggie, MDChief, Division of Surgical Oncology & Director, Cancer Center at Creighton University Medical Center CHI Health Henry Lynch Cancer Center
Fadi Braiteh, MDMedical Oncologist Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MDMedical Oncologist Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Konstantin H. Dragnev, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist Norris Cotton Cancer Center
David J. Finley, MDDirector, Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program Norris Cotton Cancer Center
H. Richard Alexander, Jr., MDChief Surgical Officer Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Bruce G. Haffty, MDChief of Staff & Chair, Radiation Oncology Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Jyoti Malhotra, MD, MPHMedical Oncologist Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Charles A. Dietl, MDThoracic Surgeon University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jess D. Schwartz, MDThoracic Surgeon University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Raja M. Flores, MDChair, Department of Thoracic Surgery Mount Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Pass, MDDirector, General Thoracic Surgery & Chief, Thoracic Oncology NYU Langone Medical Center
John D. Allendorf, MDChief, Division of Surgical Oncology NYU Winthrop Hospital
Shahriyour Andaz, MDDirector, Thoracic Oncology South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island
Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBAThoracic Surgeon; Director, Clinical Thoracic Surgery & Director, NYU Langone Lung Cancer Center NYU Langone Medical Center
John A. Chabot, MDChief, Division of GI/Endocrine Surgery & Executive Director, Pancreas Center Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roman Perez-Soler, MDChief, Division of Medical Oncology Montefiore Medical Park
Stephen C. Rush, MDRadiation Oncologist NYU Langone Medical Center
Daniel H. Sterman, MDDirector, Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Oncology Program NYU Langone Medical Center
Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhDDirector, Institute for Translational Epidemiology & Director, Center for the Study of Thoracic Diseases Outcomes Mount Sinai Medical Center
Tracey L. Weigel, MDChief, Thoracic Surgery Westchester Medical Center
Andrea S. Wolf, MDThoracic Surgeon The Mount Sinai Hospital
Sai Yendamuri, MDDirector, Thoracic Surgery Laboratory Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
David H. Harpole, Jr., MDThoracic Surgeon Duke University Cancer Center
Edward A. Levine, MDSurgical Oncologist Wake Forest Baptist Health
Jill Ohar, MDPulmonologist Wake Forest Baptist Health
Preston Steen, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist/Palliative Medicine Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center
Daniel M. Tuvin, MDSurgical Oncologist Sanford Health
Claire Verschraegen, MDMedical Oncologist & Associate Director, Translational Research The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
David P. Carbone, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist & Director, James Thoracic Center The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Edmund Folefac, MB ChBMedical Oncologist/Hematologist The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Feng-Ming Kong, MD, PhDRadiation Oncologist University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Nathan Pennell, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist & Director, TCI Lung Cancer Medical Oncology Program The Cleveland Clinic
James Stevenson, MDMedical Oncologist The Cleveland Clinic
Peter Baik, DODirector, Thoracic Surgery Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa
Daniel Nader, DOPulmonologist & Chief of Staff Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa
Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, MDSurgical Oncologist Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa
Rachel E. Sanborn, MDMedical Oncologist & Co-Director, Providence Thoracic Oncology Program Providence Cancer Institute Franz Clinic
Paul H. Schipper, MDThoracic Surgeon OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
James Pingpank, MDSurgical Oncologist UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Steven M. Albelda, MDVice Chief & Director, Lung Research, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
David L. Bartlett, MDDirector, Multidisciplinary Disease Site Clinical and Research Programs for UPMC Hillman Cancer Center UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Neil A. Christie, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Joel D. Cooper, MDThoracic Surgeon Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cherie P. Erkmen, MDThoracic Surgeon & Director, Lung Cancer Screening Program Temple Lung Center
Larry R. Kaiser, MDThoracic Surgeon; President & CEO, Temple University Health System Temple Lung Center
Rodney J. Landreneau, MDDirector, Thoracic Surgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Altoona
James D. Luketich, MDDirector, Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program & Co-Director, Lung Cancer Center UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Sunil Singhal, MDDirector, Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Antoinette Wozniak, MDThoracic Medical Oncologist UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Jack A. Elias, MDDean of Medicine and Biological Sciences & Senior Vice President for Health Affairs Brown University
John A. Pella, MDPulmonologist John A. Pella Ltd.
Sundaresan T. Sambandan, MDMedical Oncologist Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
Anthony F. Testa, MDHematologist/Oncologist Fatima Hospital
Alice M. Boylan MDChief, Acute, Critical, and Trauma Medical University of South Carolina
Chadrick E. Denlinger, MDSurgical Director, Lung Transplant Program Medical University of South Carolina
Carol A. Sherman, MDThoracic Medical Oncologist Medical University of South Carolina
Ashraf A. Elshami, MDPulmonologist Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
Michael Keppen, MDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist & Director, Sanford Lung Tumor Program Sanford Cancer Center
Eric S. Lambright, MDThoracic Surgeon & Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Anne S. Tsao, MDDirector, Department of Mesothelioma Program The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Bryan Burt, MDThoracic Surgeon/Thoracic Surgical Oncologist & Director, General Thoracic Surgery Research Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine
Shawn S. Groth, MDThoracic Surgeon & Director, Esophageal Surgical Services Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine
Kemp Kernstine, MDThoracic Surgeon & Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cesar A. Moran, MDCo-Director, Thoracic Malignancies Tissue Bank & Co-Director, (Pathology) Lung Cancer SPORE The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Kanwal P.S. Raghav, MBBS, MDDepartment of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
David C. Rice, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSIProfessor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Robert Taylor Ripley, MDDirector, Mesothelioma Treatment Center Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine
Anna Chalmers, MDMedical Oncologist Huntsman Cancer Institute
Shiven B. Patel, MD, MBAMedical Oncologist/Hematologist Huntsman Cancer Institute
Steven Ades, MDMedical Oncologist The University of Vermont Cancer Center
Christopher J. Anker, MDRadiation Oncologist The University of Vermont Cancer Center
Brooke Mossman, PhDUniversity Distinguished Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Ryan Gentzler, MDMedical Oncologist University of Virginia Health System
Christine L. Lau, MDThoracic Surgeon University of Virginia Health System
Eric Vallieres, MDThoracic Surgeon Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Alexander Farivar, MDThoracic Surgeon Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Michael S. Mulligan, MDDirector, Lung Transplant, Advanced Lung Disease Surgery, and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Programs University of Washington Medical Center
Howard (Jack) West, MDMedical Oncologist Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Paul H. Sugarbaker, MDGastrointestinal Surgical Oncologist Washington Cancer Institute
Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist/Hematologist Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
M. Blair Marshall, MDChief, Division of Thoracic Surgery Georgetown University Medical Center
Nepal C. Chowdhury, MDThoracic Surgeon St. Mary’s Medical Center
Rebecca S. Wolfer, MDThoracic Surgeon Cabell Huntington Hospital
David Johnstone, MDCardiothoracic Surgeon Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin
H. Ian Robins, MD, PhDMedical Oncologist University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Joseph Rosen, MDMedical Oncologist Rocky Mountain Oncology
Robert L. Tobin, MDRadiation Oncologist Rocky Mountain Oncology
Robert Winter, MDConsultant Respiratory Physician Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
It’s important for patients and their loved ones to find a doctor that they are confident and comfortable with to lessen their stress throughout their treatment journey. When selecting a doctor, patients should ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of the physician’s experience, treatment capabilities, level of trust and communication and ability to meet any patient concerns.
Experience with Mesothelioma
- How long has this doctor been treating mesothelioma patients?
- Does the doctor have recent experience with a mesothelioma case?
- Does the doctor have experience treating my specific type of mesothelioma?
- Is the doctor up-to-date on the latest mesothelioma research and published studies?
- What is the doctor's specialty (ie. cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic surgery, surgical oncology)?
- Is this doctor associated with a dedicated mesothelioma program, cancer institute or medical school?
- What mesothelioma treatments does this doctor typically recommend?
- Is the doctor willing to try newer treatments that might be more effective?
- Can this doctor potentially help with enrollment in a clinical trial?
- Does the doctor support alternative therapies used to ease pain and symptoms?
Trust and Communication
- Is there trust towards the doctor in making important care decisions?
- Will the doctor consider patient concerns and defer to patient decisions?
- Can the doctor be contacted at any time with questions or concerns?
- What forms of communication with the doctor and medical staff are available?
- Do the doctor’s fees seem reasonable compared with similar services elsewhere?
- Will the doctor’s practice work with my insurance (or other forms of payment)?
- How far away from home is the medical center where the doctor practices?
- Can medical records be accessed online, and if so, how?
Top Doctors by Mesothelioma Type
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of the cancer, followed by peritoneal mesothelioma. There are many doctors that specialize specifically in one of these types with experience treating cancer of the lungs or cancer of the abdomen. For example, a doctor specializing in pleural mesothelioma will have additional insight into what treatment options are available, their effectiveness and new clinical trials and research that could be helpful for your individual case. When choosing a mesothelioma doctor, patients should look into their specialties to find someone well-versed in their type of cancer.
Top Pleural Mesothelioma Doctors
Initial Appointments with a Mesothelioma Doctor
It can be overwhelming for patients to attend their first appointment after a mesothelioma diagnosis, especially when they have to travel. A good way to prepare is by getting organized with information and questions that will help the doctor understand your concerns and all aspects of your individual case.
Patients should consider bringing:
- All medical records and scans
- A list of current medications, vitamins and supplements
- A list of current allergies
- Copies of insurance cards
- Any new patient forms that were sent prior to the appointment
- A friend or family member that can offer support, ask questions and listen
- A list of current questions and concerns
- A notebook to take notes during the appointment
Prior to the appointment, patients should also:
- Determine travel needs and travel times
- Figure out accommodations, if needed, and transportation to the doctor’s office
- Inquire about insurance coverage for the appointment
- Confirm the appointment time and any need for early arrival
- Have medical records sent from current doctors offices to new oncologist
What to Expect During the Appointment
Initial mesothelioma appointments can vary based on the cancer center, doctor and patient circumstances. Typically, they can last from 1 – 3 hours, and may start with a physical exam or additional testing. This is meant to provide more clarity regarding your diagnosis.
Mesothelioma doctors typically discuss the following during an initial appointment:
- Details of your diagnosis (type, cell type and stage)
- Prognosis, including life expectancy
- Potential treatment options
- Potential clinical trials
- When treatment will begin and what to expect
Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma Doctor
Communication between mesothelioma patients and their medical care team is crucial throughout their diagnosis, treatment and after-care journey. Asking questions is a way to build strong communication, while also offering peace of mind to patients and their families.
- What type of mesothelioma cancer have I been diagnosed with?
- Is the cancer localized or has it spread to other organs in the body?
- Have you identified the mesothelioma stage my cancer has progressed to? What does that mean for me?
- Is there a treatment protocol that you can recommend?
- How effective do you believe the treatment will be?
- Are there any risks or side effects associated with these mesothelioma treatment options? If so, how severe are they?
- Given your findings to date what do you believe my prognosis to be?
- Is there a cure for mesothelioma?
- If you believe my cancer is curable, is there a chance that it will come back?
- What kind of recovery times can I expect?
- Are there any clinical trials available for me to participate in given my diagnosis?
- How can I go about seeking a second opinion?
- How can I begin preparing now for any recommended treatment options?
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that not everyone is aware of, so it can be difficult to determine what questions should be asked. Patients should find a medical care team that will communicate with them throughout their treatment journey, and after, to address any concerns as they emerge.
Other Appointment Resources
Treatment typically doesn’t begin during an initial appointment, so patients have time to gather more information and discuss with family members before making final decisions regarding their treatment plan.
Before leaving the cancer center, there are a variety of other staff members that patients and their families can speak with, including nurses, other specialized oncologists, social workers and financial advisors. Nurses and oncologists can offer additional insight into medical questions and concerns that the patient might have after discussing with their mesothelioma doctor. Social workers can provide insight into a variety of resources, such as nearby travel and stay accommodations, spiritual resources and much more. Understanding treatment costs and insurance coverage can also be difficult, and financial advisors can be helpful for patients to establish a financial plan prior to their treatment journey.