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Mesothelioma Doctors & Specialists

To be technical, mesothelioma doctors and specialists are classified as oncologists.  They are recognized physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cancer. Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma, but scientists along with the help of oncologists have been researching and testing innovative treatments for mesothelioma and have made incredible improvements throughout the past couple years.

When a life of a loved one is threatened by an unforeseen disease, finding a mesothelioma doctor that you can trust and feel comfortable with is usually number one on the list.  As a patient or a family member, you may have tons of questions concerning the recent mesothelioma diagnosis, the mesothelioma prognosis, and/or mesothelioma treatments available.  We have created a map below of the United States so that you may easily find and contact a physician in your local area.

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Choosing a Mesothelioma Doctor

One of the most important choices you will make will be to choose your doctor. Most doctors, including oncologists, go through their career never seeing a case of mesothelioma. Those that have treated mesothelioma have done so on a limited basis and therefore do not have enough experience to diagnose or treat the disease. Mesothelioma is unlike other types of cancers as it is caused by ingesting asbestos fibers and this type of cancer only affects the mesothelium. It also only accounts for .3 percent of all diagnosed cancers. Most doctors misdiagnose mesothelioma in its early stages, which unfortunately is when it is most treatable.

An experienced mesothelioma specialist is familiar with the disease and will know what up to date and potentially life-saving treatments are available.

Choosing The Right Mesothelioma Specialist
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Why Choose A Mesothelioma Specialist?

A specialist is a physician who has met specific education and training requirements in a specific field and has also passed an examination which is given by a specialty board. They are then considered “board certified” in their chosen field.

Most mesothelioma specialists work at prestigious hospitals or medical centers that are equipped with the latest advances in medicine. These facilities are also home to the latest research and continuous clinical trials. The specialists understand the complex therapies available to patients and are adept at knowing which one gives the most optimal prognosis.

A specialist can give a patient a fighting chance against mesothelioma. When you seek out a specialist you give yourself an edge over traditional cancer treatment and will likely have a better prognosis.

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How To Choose The Best Mesothelioma Doctor

You are putting your life in your doctor’s hands, so how do you find the doctor right for you? The following questions may help you make an informed decision:

  • Does the doctor have experience treating mesothelioma? How much experience? How many cases has the he/she treated in the past year?
  • Does he/she have the education to be considered a specialist?
  • Are your concerns addressed?
  • Are you encouraged to ask questions?
  • Did the doctor listen with concern and respect?
  • Does the doctor actively participate in clinical research?

It might also be helpful to know if the doctor has experience in treating mesothelioma at every stage of the disease. Specific treatments are administered based on what stage of cancer you are in.

Ultimately, you will have to decide who will treat you. You should feel comfortable with the doctor you choose and believe they are equipped to handle your disease. You and your family should have a good working relationship with your doctor and always be involved in the treatment decisions.

Trust your own feelings when choosing a mesothelioma doctor.

Other things you may want to consider include, are you willing to travel? Some top cancer treat centers may be a great distance from you. Travelling while undergoing treatment can be stressful and time consuming. Find out what treatment center your doctor collaborates with. Is there financial aid available or travel and lodging accommodations? Some organizations offer grants for mesothelioma patients to travel to a top treatment center as there are a limited number of specialists available to treat mesothelioma. One such organization is the Meso Foundation.

Making sure you get the best care takes a little effort, but with the right team of doctors your prognosis could improve significantly.

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Top Pleural Mesothelioma Specialists

Dr. Bueno

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115

(617)732-8148

Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Wright-Saunders Building, Suite 266

51 North 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 662-9195

Dr. David Harpole, Jr.

Duke Cancer Institute

2424 Erwin Road, Suite 403

Durham, NC 27705

(919) 668-8413

Dr. Raffit Hassan

Center for Cancer Research/National Cancer Institute

Building 37, Room 5116

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 451-8742

Dr. Raja M. Flores

Mount Sinai Medical Center

One Gustave L. Levy Place

New York, NY 10029

(212) 241-9466

Robert B. Cameron, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology

Medical Treatment Center:

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

310-267-4612

 

Abraham Lebenthal, M.D.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

VA Boston Healthcare System

75 Francis Street
Boston, MA

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Top Peritoneal Mesothelioma Specialists

David Sugarbaker, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery / Mesothelioma Specialist

Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

One Baylor Plaza BCM MS 390, Houston, TX 77030

713-798-6376

 

Dr. David M. Jablons

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion

Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

1600 Divisadero Street, Fourth Floor

San Francisco, CA 94143

(415) 885-3882

Dr. Lary Robinson

Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

12902 Magnolia Drive

Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 745-8412

Charles Conway, M.D.

Peritoneal surface malignancies, complex oncologic surgeries

Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

1-866-OCHSNER

Dr. Anne Tsao

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 432

Houston, TX 77030

(713) 792-6363

Dr. David M. Jablons

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion

Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

1600 Divisadero Street, Fourth Floor

San Francisco, CA 94143

(415) 885-3882

Dr. Lary Robinson

Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

12902 Magnolia Drive

Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 745-8412

Charles Conway, M.D.

Peritoneal surface malignancies, complex oncologic surgeries

Ochsner Cancer Institute, New Orleans

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

1-866-OCHSNER

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Excellent Surgeons Known For Treating Mesothelioma

Prashant Shah, M.D.

Medical Treatment Center:

Fox Chase Cancer Center

333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111

215-728-2570

Paul Sugarbaker, M.D.

Washington Cancer Institute

106 Irving Street NW, Suite 3900

Washington, DC

 

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This Form Will Connect You To One Of Our Patient Advocates Who Will Help Guide You To The Best Specialist According To Your Location & Diagnosis.

Factors We Consider Before Pairing You With Your Doctor.

  • Diagnosis Information – Each stage and type requires special treatment options.
  • Current Treatment – We consider what is currently working for you as well as what isn’t.
  • Geographic Location – There are specialists across the country and we find one conveniently close to you.
  • Top Specialist Review – We pair you with the BEST specialist for your unique diagnosis.
  • Recruiting Clinical Trials –  We help you enroll in innovative clinical trials for new treatments.
  • Financial Options – We help you attain financial support that is already available.

Choosing a mesothelioma doctor will be one of the most important treatment decisions you make. Finding the doctor with the right experience can greatly improve life expectancy, prognosis, and quality of life. Mesothelioma specialists are skilled in treating mesothelioma but just as every patient is different, so are the specialists.  Use the form below to contact us and we will help guide you to the most qualified doctor who will fit your mesothelioma case the best.

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Last Modified:Apr 14, 2017 @ 12:05 am

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