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Why is a second opinion important in mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare disease, and there has not been a sufficient number of multi-institutional clinical trials to reach a consensus on how to treat this disease. Today, surgeons and medical oncologists at different institutions often disagree on the best operation or the best chemotherapy drug to use for a given patient. Patients who see and listen to only a single oncologic group at a single institution are automatically under some degree of coercion to follow its recommendations, because they don't know who else to trust.

Patients who solicit opinions from several different groups are better informed and strongly empowered; they can choose between alternatives and decide how they will be treated.

--Robert N. Taub MD PhD FACP


What do you hope to achieve as the new SAB Chair?

Why is clinical trial participation important in mesothelioma?

How does a pathologist diagnose mesothelioma?

Why is a second opinion important in mesothelioma?

My doctor told me that chemotherapy doesn’t work in mesothelioma. Is this true?

What advances have you seen over the years in gene therapy for mesothelioma?

What is new in your approach to treating peritoneal mesothelioma?

Is radiation therapy effective for pain control for patients with mesothelioma?

Can you tell me about the potential benefit of IMRT in mesothelioma?