Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer. It is not always easy to find an adequate physician for your needs. It also depends on the treatment you are searching for. For example chemotherapy treatment is much more available than surgical treatment or other specialized treatments. For the treatment of mesothelioma it is recommended that you search for physicians that deal with mesothelioma on a regular basis and so have the adequate experience in the treatment of this disease.
When choosing a physician it is important to keep certain things in perspective. A good mesothelioma physician should have the required education and training. Most specialists such as oncologists, radiologist and other specialists are adequately qualified. They are licensed to practice medicine and are qualified from a specialty board. However, not all oncologists may have experience in treating mesothelioma. It is important that the oncologist you choose has the adequate experience in treating mesothelioma cancer. Such oncologists may treat several cases of mesothelioma every year and a considerable number in their career.
It is important that the physician encourages you to talk about your worries and proposes adequate solutions for your particular situation. It is true that many oncologists are very busy but the success of your treatment and your quality of life depends also from a healthy a trustful communication between you and your physician or physicians.
If it is recommended that you have surgery in order to remove part or the entire tumor, you may need the service of a surgical oncologist. A good surgical oncologist should be board certified and belong to a medical specialty society. He/she has experience with the type of surgery you require. This is very important since certain operations regarding mesothelioma may be quite complicated. It is not a bad idea to check how much of this type of surgeries has he performed during the last year or in his entire career. It is important that you are well educated on the procedures, risks and side effects of the surgery you are going to undergo. A surgical oncologist should not hesitate to inform you about any questions and worries you have. This is also important because some surgical procedures may have severe side effects that you have to live with them after surgery.