A mesothelioma diagnosis feels devastating to the families who face it. Everyone feels lost and overwhelmed at first.
You probably have many questions about treatment and surviving the disease.
We created this resource to support newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones navigate every aspect of living with mesothelioma. From here, you can find more information about mesothelioma, its treatment and the many ways you can support yourself and your family through this experience.
One of the most important first steps after a mesothelioma diagnosis is getting a second opinion from a mesothelioma specialist. These doctors have the skills and experience necessary to treat this rare cancer on an individual basis. They can get you access to the latest treatments and clinical trials.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, you can learn all about mesothelioma and how the cancer is treated. We can find the support, resources and other help for mesothelioma you may need.
Information About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma primarily occurs in people who worked with asbestos for a long time. Some people were exposed through a family member who worked with asbestos. This is known as secondary exposure.
Another important form of support is financial help for mesothelioma. Treatment is expensive with and without insurance. Families can benefit from several different types of financial support including Social Security Disability, VA benefits, and travel, housing and treatment grants.
Compensation: Mesothelioma patients have several avenues for compensation including trust funds and other legal claims.
Legal Help: Mesothelioma lawyers help patients seek settlements and they can go to court on your behalf. They can also advise you on when to file to make sure you stay within the statute of limitations.
The Pacific Meso Center and the International Mesothelioma Symposium promote scientific research and allow doctors to collaborate on recent treatment breakthroughs.
Additionally, the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides a searchable database of clinical trials. Patients can visit ClinicalTrials.gov to find new mesothelioma clinical trials and view results of past trials.
No one should have to face mesothelioma alone. We can help you access cancer resources and build the support system you need to overcome challenges. The road ahead may be bumpy, but you can inform yourself with knowledge and support yourself with resources to smooth the ride.