fundamental questions about mesothelioma, including the following:
• What is mesothelioma?
• What are the risk factors, or who gets mesothelioma?
• Can mesothelioma be prevented?
Part 2: Diagnosis 9
Questions 8–19 explain the methods used to detect and identify mesothelioma and
the healthcare professionals involved in your diagnosis:
• What are the symptoms of mesothelioma, and how is it diagnosed?
• What tests are performed to help diagnose mesothelioma?
• Should I get a second opinion?
Part 3:Contains provide practical advice for
dealing with the physical, emotional,
and financial issues raised by a diagnosis of mesothelioma:
• What types of psychological support are available to me?
• What should my family know about mesothelioma in order to assist me?
• What about financial concerns and medical records?
Part 4: The Politics of Mesothelioma 33
Questions 24–32 discuss legal dimensions of the disease:
• I understand that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are controversial political issues. Why?
• How do I learn more about my rights?
• Do I need to have a will?
Part 5: Treatment 41
an extensive description of therapy currently employed to treat mesothelioma:
• What is staging, and why is it important?
• What is my prognosis?
• What are the survival rates for mesothelioma?
• What is supportive care in mesothelioma?
• What surgery is performed for mesothelioma?
Part 6: Decision Making 75
Questions 62–71 try to help guide you toward the best decisions for your circumstance:
• What is standard therapy?
• What are clinical trials?
• What are some experimental investigative therapies for mesothelioma?
Part 7: Side Effects of Therapy 89
Questions 72–86 advise what to expect with regard to treatment side effects and
what to do about them:
• What can I do about depression, nausea, pain, constipation, and other side
effects of therapy?
• How should I change my diet following a mesothelioma diagnosis?
• What are the benefits of exercise and other activities?
Part 8: Recurrence of the Disease 109
Questions 87–89 offer strategies for facing ecurrence:
• What happens if my disease recurs?
• Where is my disease likely to recur?
• How is recurrence treated?
Part 9: Sue Vento’s Insights for Care Providers 115
Questions 90–97, written by the wife of a mesothelioma patient, provide an “insider’s” perspective on coping as a caregiver:
• Where do I turn for support in dealing with my own stress and anxiety?
• How do I balance all of the responsibilities?
• What specific things can family and friends do to assist?