It’s easy to feel alone in a mesothelioma battle. When you first told friends and family about your diagnosis, their first reaction was probably “Meso-what?” It’s a hard word to pronounce and an even harder disease to understand. That’s why we have a staff of patient advocates who can guide you and your family through your mesothelioma journey.
From the moment you were diagnosed, you’ve probably been overwhelmed with questions regarding the disease. It’s hard to believe that something you did 20 to 50 years ago could have such a profound health impact. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos inhalation. When the tiny fibers of this mineral are inhaled, they become lodged in the lungs and migrate to other parts of the body. Over a period of decades, they form scar tissue and irritations that lead to mesothelioma cancer. Often, those who have mesothelioma don’t know they have it until the later stages of the disease. That’s why quick information about treatment and financial options are paramount.
Our patient advocates include a registered nurse, patient-care experts, grief counselors and a former health-service administrator. All of them have a deep passion for patient advocacy and giving mesothelioma patients a voice.
How They Help
Working with our patient advocates is not a one-time discussion. Your patient advocate will become your guide through your diagnosis and treatment. The advocate can help you in many ways:
Treatment Options & Clinical Trials
The Mesothelioma Support Network also has a staff of patient advocates (PAs) who are known for their expertise in the area of mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Our PAs are available to discuss your diagnosis, whether you were just diagnosed or you are in the midst of treatment.
We know that questions always come up and you might not know where to turn for answers. Our PAs have the education, experience and knowledge to help you find the right answers. We have helped patients just like you find the best treatment options and most helpful clinical trials. Contact us today.
Financial Assistance for Patients & Their Families
You shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about your financial troubles right now. We understand. If you were struggling to pay bills before your diagnosis, the addition of medical expenses can be burdensome. We can offer several solutions to your financial problems, including several that will secure your family’s future.
Doctor Match Program
When you contact our patient advocates to utilize our exclusive Doctor Match Program, you will be answering a lot of questions about your disease, your location and your ability to travel. That’s because your patient advocate is trying to narrow down our large pool of physicians to find one that will best suit your needs. We can help you make a decision about your specialists and get the financial assistance you need.
20 Year U.S. Veterans On Staff
Another vital component to our patient advocacy team is our veterans affairs specialists. Our veterans claims officers are accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and understand the difficulties of government red tape. Their goal is to make the process smooth for you so you can start getting benefits right away.