Most cases of mesothelioma are treated by an interdisciplinary team of doctors rather than by a single physician. Following is a list of the types of health care workers you may have contact with and their primary duties.
A doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders.
- Thoracic Surgeon
A doctor specializing in surgery of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum.
- Medical Oncologist
A doctor specializing in the care of cancer patients and an expert in the use of chemotherapy to treat cancer. More on oncologists.
- Radiation Oncologist
A doctor specializing in the care of cancer patients and an expert in the use of radiation to treat cancer.
A doctor specializing in the interpretation of imaging studies, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound.
A doctor specializing in diagnosing the abnormal changes in tissues removed during biopsy or postmortem examinations.
- Thoracic Oncology Nurse Coordinator
A registered nurse responsible for the coordination of the oncology program in collaboration with the surgical director and interdisciplinary team.
- Social Worker
A professional trained to help patients learn to cope with their health problems by providing counseling and information about available resources.
- Respiratory Therapist
A professional trained to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.