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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Whether you are a potential or a diagnosed patient, or simply a family member, it is natural to feel overwhelmed when confronted with the possibility of esophageal cancer. We encourage you to be well prepared with questions for our specialists and consultants during the process of diagnosis and treatment at NYU Medical Center.

A wonderful reference source for this is the book 100 Questions and Answers about Mesothelioma by Harvey I. Pass, M.D., Laura Roy, R.N., and Susan Vento, published by Jones and Bartlett. Some of the key questions discussed at length in the book include:

  1. What is mesothelioma and where does it come from?

  2. What are the risk factors - who gets mesothelioma?

  3. Can mesothelioma be prevented?

  4. What are the symptoms of mesothelioma and how is it diagnosed?

  5. Who can advise me about treatment?

  6. Should I get a second opinion?

  7. How can I cope, regroup and start battling mesothelioma?

  8. What about financial concerns and medical records?

  9. Why all the uproar and what are the legal implications of having mesothelioma?

  10. How do I learn more about my rights?

  11. Do I need to have a will?

  12. What is the importance of staging?

  13. How are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy used for mesothelioma?

  14. What is supportive care in mesothelioma?

  15. Is surgery needed?

  16. What is standard therapy?

  17. What are clinical trials?

  18. Are there new or experimental therapies for mesothelioma?