Recently Diagnosed

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer you may feel numb at first, and unable to take in the news, or simply in denial. As time passes, you may experience a range of emotions and it’s perfectly normal to feel some or all of the following:

  • Shock, fear, anger, resentment, denial, helplessness
  • Sadness, frustration, relief, acceptance

We are often contacted by sufferers and family members who have been told a terminal illness has been diagnosed or there is suspicion of a terminal illness. This can be overwhelming and although you want to do something, you may not know what questions to ask or where to start looking for information and advice.

We have set out some useful information that may assist you with a starting point to gather your thoughts and set out a plan of action.

Why you need advice and Help

A few of the frequent questions asked of us by those diagnosed with a terminal illness are:

  1. 1. Is my diagnosis definite and what are my options regarding treatments?
  2. 2. Have I been allocated a specialist nurse?
  3. 3. Who will provide care?
  4. 4. Will I have to pay for care?
  5. 5. Will I have to go into a hospice?
  6. 6. What benefits am I entitled to?
  7. 7. Am I financially secure now?
  8. 8. Will I be leaving my loved ones financially secure?
  9. 9. Can I arrange for a loved one to make decisions for me?
  10. 10. Do I have a plan?

Initially a large majority of the questions will relate to the diagnosis and prognosis. There is a large amount of information regarding possible symptoms, diagnosis and treatments on our website. However, we would strongly recommend that you put together a list of questions for the consultant. They are aware of the medical history and are the best able to advise you on the medical issues.

The next concern expressed by many people who contact us is with regards to financial security for themselves and/or their family. This is where WE Solicitors can help.

How can we help you?

  • We will arrange for you to speak to organisations about treatment options if you wish.
  • We will put you in touch with people going through the same problems and fears should you wish.
  • We will help you obtain benefits and payments to assist you or your loved one financially in the short term.
  • We will provide you with advice regard Lasting Power of Attorneys and Wills so you or your loved one have their affairs in order.
  • We will discuss other options available to you to provide financial security in the long term so you are not worried about loved ones.
  • We will help you arrange a care package and any equipment you may require
  • We will help you arrange counselling should you wish.
  • If you are caring for someone with a terminal illness, we are happy to speak to your employers and inform them of your position. We often provide employment advice to carers who are absent from work and worried about their jobs.

Useful Links

The NHS has some very useful information helping people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Click on the following link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/end-of-life-care/Pages/coping-with-a-terminal-illness.aspx

They also have an extremely useful page about putting a plan in place. Click on the following link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/end-of-life-care/Pages/why-plan-ahead.aspx

We can help you. Don’t put off speaking to us because you simply don’t know where to start or have no idea what questions to ask. If you are researching on behalf of a loved one, in our experience they are usually happy somebody is doing this on their behalf and are often only to happy to leave you to deal with matters and start getting a plan in place at this difficult time.

Please contact Steven Evans on 0800 294 3065 to discuss how we can help you and your family.