When diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer a person will most likely be faced with a roller coaster of emotions. Hearing this news can be an emotional drain; however, an individual must get past this heartbreaking news and start weighing their options for treatment. Mesothelioma is still quite rare and finding a cancer clinic that specializes in treatment may be difficult for many people. There are some things that can help when researching a clinic for treatment.
You may be lucky enough to find a good clinic in your own city or at least nearby. However, many people may have to travel far greater distances to receive treatment. This may require prolonged stays away from their own home. If there are no insurance provisions to provide funds to help supplement the cost of this travel there are some other options. There are groups located in some cities that will help with expenses related to medical travel. Contact the hospital or clinic where you will be seeking treatment to see if they can put you in touch with some of these groups. Also, if you belong to a church they may be able to help with fundraisers.
Mesothelioma clinics are frequently associated with the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Also, look for a clinic that the American Cancer Society has officially recognized. Any reputable mesothelioma clinic will be associated with these organizations. In addition, make sure the clinic provides all necessary treatments in- house. Some clinics only specialize in one certain type of treatment and may require you to seek treatment elsewhere in the event that other treatments are necessary.
There may be times during your search for a clinic that you come across claims that may sound too good to be true. There are a number of mesothelioma clinics that claim that they can cure your cancer with alternative methods to traditional treatments. But the fact of the matter is, there is no known cure for mesothelioma. Falling for these claims may ultimately shorten your lifespan and result in more pain and suffering. Some of these clinics may truly believe they are helping, but more than likely they are being staffed by well-meaning health care professionals who do not have any scientific training.
Because of the relatively small amount of people that suffer from mesothelioma there is not the same amount of money and time spent on a cure as it is for other forms of cancers. One thing that a mesothelioma patient can do to help further the cause is participate in clinical trials. These are important steps in finding new treatments and possible cures for the future and some of them have shown first promising results.