Are doctors keeping you from mesothelioma treatment?

According to a recent study, doctors might be the reason patients with Mesothelioma are not receiving treatment. The reason is doctor “nihilism,” or doctor suspicion that the treatment will not work.

The recent study surveyed over 100 doctors and 20 nurses. At least 90 percent of the doctors believe 10 percent of mesothelioma patients are victims of doctor nihilism. That means out of the 3 thousand people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, at least 300 will not receive proper treatment. However, almost half of the doctors believe it could be up to 20 percent of patients, which would be around 600 individuals each year.

The study also reported a few other reasons for patients failing to receive the proper treatment. These reasons included:

  • Doctor delay: Almost 75 percent of nurses believed doctor delay was the reason patients were not properly treated. This could include a delay in diagnosis and treatments.
  • Failure to refer: Both doctors and nurses believed doctor’s failure to refer patients to cancer specialists prevent patients from receiving proper treatment. While around 40 percent of doctors suggested this as the reason, it was suggested by over 60 percent of nurses.
  • Lack of knowledge: Almost 70 percent of nurses believed doctor’s lack of knowledge resulted in patients failing to receive proper treatment. On the other hand, only around 45 percent of doctors believed their lack of knowledge was a factor, but only doctors in “rural areas.”

Doctors and nurses also suggested patients might have an influence over their treatment. Doctors surveyed said over 80 percent of patients have a negative perception of chemotherapy. Additionally, doctors reported that almost 65 percent of patients do not believe chemotherapy will improve their survival.

There are treatment options out there for victims of mesothelioma. According to the Mesothelioma Center, these treatment options often involve surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. If you believe you or someone you love is not receiving proper treatment for mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, consult with an experienced mesothelioma attorney to discuss your options.

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