On Tuesday mornings, the IMP hosts a meeting for new patients. There is an overview of the program, including a short history of mesothelioma and the IMP.
Many staff members – chaplains, social worker, patient liaison, clinicians, researchers, interpreters (if needed), and others – introduce themselves. Through short presentations, they talk about a variety of topics, such as:
- the inter-relationships among the treatment, research, and support components of the program
- the diagnostic process
- an overview of treatment options
- the services and supports available to patients, families, and friends.
Each orientation also features current or former patients who tell their stories and answer questions for new patients. We have found that meeting and talking with IMP patients who have already been through surgery is of great benefit to new patients and their families.
This orientation often takes place before the patient’s individual meeting, consultation, or clinic visit.