Welcome to “Straight Talk About Mesothelioma.” My hope is that this blog series will be a valuable resource for patients and loved ones affected by mesothelioma. I have structured it so that each blog post addresses a common area of question or concern.

A Few Details About Me, Michael T. Milano, M.D., Ph.D.

I am a board-certified radiation oncologist and associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. I did my undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame, and received my medical school and internship training at the University of Rochester. I did my residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago. I have a busy medical practice in Rochester, New York, where I primarily treat patients with thoracic and central nervous system cancers. In addition to caring for patients, I carry out clinical research and lecture and publish extensively on different types of radiation therapies.

What Will Be Covered in this Blog Series?

The series has four main sections:

“Diagnosis” covers such topics as what to expect from your first and follow-up visits with a mesothelioma specialist, and reviews the different types of tests likely to be administered in the course of diagnosis.

“Treatment” goes into more detail about the different options that are available to patients once they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. I also address the latest research, advances in treatment, clinical trials and even touch on some interesting alternative and supplemental therapies.

“Frequently Asked Questions” answers common patient questions and concerns not addressed in any of the sections above.

Where possible, the blogs link to more in-depth articles on the www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com website to provide more information on the subject matter. As appropriate, I will also direct readers to other blog posts within this series that offer relevant, supplemental information.

It is my sincere wish that readers find this blog series useful and informative.

Next blog in this series: “So You Suspect You May Be Ill”