By Harvey I. Pass, Amy Metula, Susan Vento
No matter if you re a newly clinically determined Mesothelioma sufferer, a survivor, or a pal or relative of both, this ebook deals aid. thoroughly revised and up-to-date for this moment version, this is often the single booklet to supply the physician s and sufferer s perspectives. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Mesothelioma, moment version can provide authoritative, useful solutions in your questions on cures, post-treatment caliber of existence, resources of help, criminal recommendations, and lots more and plenty extra. This extraordinary crew of authors led by way of a world-class lung affliction specialist and together with an insider s reviews from the spouse and caregiver of a sufferer presents a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary ailment.
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Since mesothelioma is not a common disease, your primary doctor should make sure that all the appropriate testing has been performed on the specimen, including special stains (those immunos we talked about before), in order to distinguish mesothelioma from other cancers like adenocarcinoma of the lung. If there is any question, a common practice is to send the slides of the biopsy to specialists in mesothelioma, who can consult (re-read the slides to confirm the report) and render an opinion on the case.
Staging involves evaluating characteristics of the tumor itself (T), whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes (N) or to other parts of the body, known as metastasis (M). Staging is important because it guides the physician in choosing the correct treatment plan for a patient and also gives him or her an idea of what the prognosis may be. Staging in mesothelioma is, unfortunately, not as clear-cut as in other cancers, because it is such a diffuse disease, and because there are not very many cases on which to standardize a global staging system.
Also make sure you ask about bringing not only reports but also the actual films or compact discs (CDs) that have all your films on them, as well as the glass slides from the biopsy, so the specialists’ pathology department can make its own reading. 17. Who treats mesothelioma? Medical oncologist A specially certified physician who treats cancer and delivers chemotherapy. 22 Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with cancer, and an oncologist is a specialized doctor who treats people with these cancers.
100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma, Second Edition by Harvey I. Pass, Amy Metula, Susan Vento