Questions for your doctor

You may find this checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor about mesothelioma and its treatment. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.

  • What type of mesothelioma do I have? How far has it spread?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • Will my treatment be given by a mesothelioma specialist?
  • How do I get a second opinion?
  • Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
  • Are there any clinical trials of new treatments that I could join?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of the treatment?
  • How long will the treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How much will treatment cost? How can the cost be reduced if I can’t afford it?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • What if I decide not to have any treatment?
  • Who can I see if I’m worried between my appointments?
  • Will I have pain from the mesothelioma? What will be done about this?
  • I’m worried about what will happen to me: who can I talk to about my feelings?
  • Will others in my family also be at risk of mesothelioma?
  • Might I be able to claim compensation for the illness? Who do I contact about this?

This information was last reviewed in May 2017
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