NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016
Making treatment decisions
Weighing your options
Weighing your options
Deciding which option is best can be hard. Doctors
from different fields of medicine may have different
opinions on which option is best for you. This can be
very confusing. Your spouse or partner may disagree
with which option you want. This can be stressful. In
some cases, one option hasn’t been shown to work
better than another, so science isn’t helpful. Some
ways to decide on treatment are discussed next.
Getting a 2
Even if you like and trust your doctor, it is helpful
to get a 2
opinion. You will want to have another
doctor review your test results. He or she can
suggest a treatment plan or check the one you have
already heard about.
Things you can do to prepare:
Check with your insurance company about its
rules on 2
opinions. You want to know about
out-of-pocket costs for doctors who are not part
of your insurance plan.
Make plans to have copies of all your records
sent to the doctor you will see for your 2
opinion. Do this well before your appointment.
If you run into trouble having records sent, pick
them up and bring them with you.
If the new doctor offers other advice, make an
appointment with your first doctor to talk about the
differences. If you’re not sure what to do, get a 3
opinion. Do whatever you need to feel confident
about your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Besides talking to health experts, it may help to
talk to people who have walked in your shoes.
Support groups often consist of people at different
stages of treatment. Some may be in the process of
deciding while others may be finished with treatment.
At support groups, you can ask questions and
hear about the experiences of other people with
You can also reach out to a social worker or
psychologist. They can help you find ways to cope
or refer you to support services. These services may
also be available to your family, friends, and to those
with children, so they can connect and get support.
What to remember...
Every treatment option has benefits
and downsides. Consider these when
deciding which option is best for you.
Talking to others may help identify
benefits and downsides you haven’t