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Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

Patients who have been injured by asbestos understand the need for the best physician and treatment center to help tackle mesothelioma.

Because this cancer is so rare, it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by many doctors. That’s why it’s crucial to find a specialized mesothelioma care center and physician who has researched the disease. There are only a handful of such centers and physicians in the country. Often, they go hand-in-hand.

Hospitals and Treatment Facilities

Since the 1990s, there has been an increased incidence of mesothelioma. Because of this, some medical institutions have become noted for excellence in treating mesothelioma. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked the leading cancer hospitals for excellence in treating the disease. Some of these leading hospitals are known for their focus on mesothelioma. These hospitals dedicate research time and dollars to finding a cure and have physicians with expertise in the field:

University of Texas MD Anderson Center

In the past decade, U.S. News & World Report has ranked this hospital as No. 1 in the nation nine times in its annual “America’s Best Hospital” report. This hospital pioneered the multidisplinary approach to cancer treatment, which means they use a variety of specialists, from surgeons to psychologists, to treat the patient. Today, the multidisplinary approach is used in hospitals worldwide.

Mesothelioma is treated at the hospital’s Thoracic Cancer Center, which is headed by the country’s leading thoracic specialist, Dr. Anne Tsao. More than 30 medical specialists, including surgeons, pulmonologists and pathologists, work together to customize the treatment. The hospital has one of the few dedicated mesothelioma research programs in the world.

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center

Founded in 1947, the hospital began as a children’s cancer research center. Today, the hospital has partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to treat adults and children alike. Dana-Farber houses the organization’s outpatient services, while Brigham and Women’s, located across the street, houses the inpatient care.

The hospital’s International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) is located at Brigham & Women’s. The hospital sees about 300 newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients a year and is headed by the famed Dr. David Sugarbaker, who is known for his groundbreaking work in the mesothelioma field. The goal of IMP is, among other things, to pioneer the latest therapies, develop new diagnostic and screening tools and establish satellite assessment centers in areas with a high prevalence of mesothelioma. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center is ranked No. 5 in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

As the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is known for its excellent mesothelioma and lung cancer program. Today, it is only one of 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. In 2006, it was one of six institutes to receive a $20 million grant from an American billionaire for cancer research. The surgeons at Memorial Sloan-Kettering perform more cancer surgeries there than surgeons do at any other hospital in the nation. In the past decades, these same surgeons have pioneered lifesaving surgeries that can eradicate cancers, including mesothelioma.

The hospital has established a team that specializes in malignant pleural mesothelioma, attacking the disease with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Currently, the hospital is leading clinical trials for mesothelioma treatments that could lead to a breakthrough in treatment options. Dr. Lee Krug, a top thoracic oncologist, leads the hospital’s pleural mesothelioma program.

Choosing a Treatment Center

In addition to the three previously mentioned cancer centers, there are many more that specialize in mesothelioma treatment nationwide. Choosing the best mesothelioma center is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding the disease treatment. Patients and family members can depend on us for help. Our patient advocates can help you determine which center is best for you and your family. Contact us today for more information.

Sources:

  1. Brigham and Women’s Hospital. About the International Mesothelioma Program. Retrieved from http://www.brighamandwomens.org/departments_and_services/surgery/services/thoracicsurgery/services/mesothelioma/aboutimp.aspx
  2. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson Cancer Center profile. Retrieved from http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/facts-and-history/institutional-profile/index.html
  3. U.S. News & World Report. Top-Ranked Hospitals for Cancer. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer
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