Oregon residents who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have a serious health issue that may need immediate and specialized attention. A physician who has specific expertise in this type of cancer may have knowledge of new treatments or studies being conducted. It is sometimes difficult, however, for patients to tell that they have found the right person.
How a patient interacts with the doctor may be the most important factor to consider. Even the best doctors could make it harder for a patient to accept care if the specialist is rude or otherwise has poor bedside manner. Ideally, a doctor will have a similar outlook and personality as the patient. After accounting for personality, the best specialist is one that has experience with all types and stages of the cancer.
It may be a good idea to find someone who may be able to get a patient into an experimental treatment. For those who may feel like they don’t have much time left, an experimental treatment could be the difference between life and death. It may also be worthwhile to work with a doctor who developsa treatment plan that is geared to what the patient is going through.
The delayed treatment of mesothelioma and many other forms of cancer can result in a worsened condition that can ultimately prove to be fatal. If such a patient dies, the surviving family members may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse may be available. The attorney will attempt to determine if medical professional negligence existed through a review of the decedent’s electronic hospital records, and will also obtain the opinions of medical experts in this regard.