Mesothelioma is not a shared form of cancer; it is a very complicated disease that impacts the tissues of many organs in the human body, especially the heart, lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos dust and flakes; as such, its victims are generally people who work in asbestos-related industries like asbestos mining, building construction, shipyards and insulation factories. Because it is a scarce disease, the availability of specialist doctors for Mesothelioma is limited.
clearly, no matter how qualified, one doctor alone cannot treat the different aspects of this scarce kind of cancerous disease. It should not be surprising that specialist doctors for mesothelioma patients are not commonly found in every city or in county hospitals.
A “mesothelioma doctor”, consequently, refers to a person who specializes specifically in mesothelioma and who participates either in the diagnosis or the treatment of this disease. Cancer by itself requires specialists in radiology, chemotherapy and surgery, in addition as experts in other aspects of treatment. Usually, the first person you go to when the initial symptoms start appearing is your family physician, who refers you to the cancer specialist, already if the family physician himself has some skill in this field.
It is obvious, consequently, that an interdisciplinary team of specialists treats those patients of mesothelioma. Some of these specialists include a pulmonologist who diagnoses and treats lung problems. Then there is a radiologist who conducts X-ray examination. A specialist is also required to interpret the MRI, CT examine, Ultrasound, etc. Treatment of mesothelioma also requires the sets of an oncologist, who conducts chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A thoracic surgeon conducts surgery of the heart and lungs, while a pathologist examines the tissues taken after the biopsy and also conducts examination of the blood, stools, etc. in the laboratory. A specialist is also required for respiratory problems. Finally there is a doctor who coordinates all the aspects of the treatment, in addition as specialist nurses, counselors and other paramedics. Professionally coordinated teamwork results in a successful treatment.