Mesothelioma Treatments

Mesothelioma Doctors

Although mesothelioma is considered to be a relatively rare type of cancer, treatment for the disease has increasingly become a sub-specialty of oncology. Top specialists in the treatment of mesothelioma are more common and there are a number of specialists practicing in the U.S. today. In order to get in touch with a mesothelioma doctor, there are several steps that must be taken.

Step One: The Primary Care Physician

This is always the patient's first stop, regardless of his/her complaint. The reason for this is because your primary care physician is aware of your medical history. Chances are that your family doctor does not have the equipment to fully diagnose cancer, but s/he will certainly be able to see any indications. The initial steps in diagnosis typically consist of a chest examination, listening to the lungs for any unusual sounds and taking an x-ray in order to determine if there are any suspicious indicators.

Some modern technology such as Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, combined with the new Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) imaging protocols, can provide extremely clear pictures of the internal organs. If your physician works at a well-funded, well-equipped facility, chances are that your primary care physician will have access to such equipment. At the very least, however, your doctor will be able to determine if referral to an oncologist is warranted.

Step Two: The Specialist

Depending on the nature of your complaint, your family doctor may send you to any one of the following specialists:

  • Pulmonologist: a doctor who is trained to deal with all types of respiratory diseases
  • Cardiologist: a heart specialist
  • Gastroenterologist: one who addresses diseases of the stomach and intestinal tract

Although the disease can also spread into the lymphatic system, these are the areas of the body most likely to be affected by mesothelioma.

Step Three: The Oncologist

While an oncologist specializes in the study of cancer, there is a good possibility that your doctor has not had experience in dealing with mesothelioma. It is important for mesothelioma patients to be in touch with a qualified doctor in order to receive the best treatment options available. In some cases, a patient may be advised to search for a mesothelioma specialist in their area for the latest information on treatment options and clinical trials.

The Mesothelioma Specialist

Some patients choose to seek out the nation's best mesothelioma doctors in order to receive the highest quality of care. The top medical experts in the field of mesothelioma are concentrated at major hospitals located in the largest metropolitan areas. They can also be found at well-funded research departments at prestigious universities. Some patients who have been seen by these doctors have been able to participate in the most recent clinical trials available.

One interesting aspect of mesothelioma specialists is that not all of them are necessarily trained in oncology. More often, these doctors are either pulmonologists who specialize in respiratory diseases or thoracic surgeons who are experts when it comes to surgical treatments of the internal regions of the chest and abdomen.

Although mesothelioma specialists are rare, you may not have to travel in order to receive care from one. New technologies such as DICOM and radiology Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) allow for real-time consultation, collaboration and transmission of medical imaging over the internet.

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