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Brockton, Massachusetts

Brockton is one of the county seats for Plymouth County, Massachusetts, and has a population slightly over 93,000. Brockton is known for its high school sports programs, and has produced several successful professional athletes, including boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler.

Founded in 1649, Brockton was part of an area of land sold to Myles Standish as an addition to Duxbury. It was called Bridgewater, until 1821, when it became the town of North Bridgewater. The town was renamed Brockton in 1874, and was incorporated as a city on April 9, 1881. During the American Civil War, demand for shoes for the army was high, and Brockton rose to prominence as the largest manufacturer of shoes in the United States. The nearby Salisbury River was a convenient source of water power for many of the city's shoe factories.  The shoe and leather products industries dominated Brockton commerce into the 20th century, and included such names as the R.B. Grover Shoe Company and W.L. Douglas Shoe Company.  A steam boiler explosion and fire at the Grover Shoe factory in 1905 led to passage of a boiler inspection act, and ultimately to establishment of a national code for boiler safety.

On October 1, 1883, Brockton became the first community in the world to have an underground, three-wire electrical system, with Thomas Edison himself throwing the switch at the Brockton Edison Illuminating Light and Power Company. This system was designed by Edison to be a complete central power station, providing power and light first to several local businesses, including the local fire station and the City Theater, and eventually to the entire community.  "The Brockton Operation" proved successful, and became the model for similar installations worldwide.  The original power station still stands, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though manufacturing has declined in Brockton, many historic buildings remain and a number of museums exist to document and preserve Brockton's industrial past, including the Shoe Museum, and Brockton Fire Museum.

At one time, Brockton was among the most progressive industrial towns in the country, making many advances in shoe manufacturing and electrical light and power generation.  The activities of these industries may have resulted in workers being exposed to asbestos and placed at risk for asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma cancer. We provide information about mesothelioma treatment options in and around Brockton at the bottom of this page.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Brockton

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Brockton where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Barbour Welting Company
  • Brockton Edison Company
  • Brockton Gas Light Company
  • Brockton High School
  • Brockton Rand Company
  • Brockton Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Brockton Water Works
  • Cardinal Cushing General Hospital
  • Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Douglass Shoe Company
  • Edison Electric Illuminating Company
  • F.M. Shaw and Sons
  • George G Snow Company
  • Interstate Coach
  • M.A. Packard Company
  • Shoe Factory
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • W.L. Douglas Shoe Company
  • Y.M.C.A. Building

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Brockton, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Brockton, Massachusetts. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 19.5 miles


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 18.3 miles


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 19.6 miles


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 18.7 miles


The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Distance: 25.6 miles


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 88.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Brockton, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Brockton, Massachusetts. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Scott Swanson
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 18.3 miles

Dr. Raphael Bueno
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 18.3 miles

Dr. David J. Kwiatkowski
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 18.7 miles

Dr. Pasi A. Janne
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 18.7 miles

Dr. Richard L. Kradin
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street, WRN 2
Boston, MA 02114

Distance: 19.5 miles

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Distance: 24.0 miles

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Distance: 31.1 miles

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 31.7 miles

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Distance: 31.7 miles

Dr. Michael R. Grey
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
100 Grand Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Distance: 95.2 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Brockton, Massachusetts

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Massachusetts, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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