The early days of a mesothelioma diagnosis are full of stress and confusion. Oftentimes, families have endured weeks if not months of bouncing around between medical professionals trying to get a definitive diagnosis.

Then, when they finally do get a confirmed diagnosis, the patient gets a death sentence as well.

Despite the untold amounts of money dedicated to researching mesothelioma treatments, it’s still a fatal disease. Every time.

Some patients may live a few months. Others may live 6-12 months and a few have been documented to live beyond that.

A Family Decision

With just a few months to live, should your family pursue radiation, chemo or any number of experimental treatments, or opt for palliative care? That decision is an intensely personal one and ultimately up to the patient.

We’ve seen families choose each path.

Families where the patient has chosen to treat the disease usually report being glad they had their loved one for a few extra months. But on the other hand, they often tell us how hard it was to watch their loved one suffer through invasive and difficult treatments to no avail.

Make no mistake about it, treating mesothelioma is a difficult and expensive experience both physically and emotionally patients and their families. Surgeries, sleepless nights, sickness, hospital stays… these are all part of the price paid for that precious extra time.

Other families have chosen to forego treatments as they prepare for the inevitable. These families often tell us they were glad their loved one didn’t suffer through the side effects of treatment but sometimes express a sense of regret for not having tried.

Finding Help to Make Tough Decisions

Finding the right doctors early on will help you make sense of your treatment options and give you a clear understanding of what might happen with and without treatment. They’ll also give you a realistic view of the potential outcomes.

Finding the right attorney early on will help give you direction on how you might prepare financially for what’s to come as well as understand your legal rights. A good attorney will serve as a primary point of contact throughout the process and help protect your rights and your family every step of the way.

No matter which path your family chooses, make sure to consult with qualified professionals early on in the process – professionals who know and understand these specialized diseases.