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Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Fitchburg is the third largest city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, with a population of approximately 41,000. Fitchburg occupies a 28.1 square mile area of steep hills which are drained by the north branch of the Nashua River. The city has a diverse ethnic make-up, thanks to successive waves of immigration, including the largest Finnish-American community in the United States. Though suffering from decades of decline, Fitchburg still retains many handsome examples of 19th century architecture, several attractive parks, an art museum and a state university.

Fitchburg first incorporated as a town in 1764, and later as a city in 1872. It is named for John Fitch, a settler who along with his children was taken to Canada by Native Americans in 1748. Fitch and his family returned to the area the following year. In choosing to locate the town center along the Nashua River rather than on Dean Hill, the town's founders set the stage for industry, rather than agriculture, to shape Fitchburg's development. During the 19th century, the river powered mills which turned out machinery, tools, textiles, and firearms. Alvah Crocker established Crocker Burbank & Company, and became one of Fitchburg's most influential citizens. Burbank Hospital was the legacy of his partner, Gardner S. Burbank. The sprawling Crocker Burbank mill complex at one time occupied most of West Fitchburg and Waite's Corner. Crocker also financed the building of Crocker Field, and lobbied for the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, linking Fitchburg by rail to Boston and Albany. By the 1870s, Fitchburg was a major manufacturing center, and businesses such as Simonds Saw & Steel Company and the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works flourished. After World War II, Fitchburg began a long period of decline. Many industries moved their manufacturing operations away from New England. The closing of the James River Paper Company and General Electric turbine plant in the 1980's meant the loss of hundreds of local jobs. The development of shopping malls and suburban housing drew business and shoppers away from downtown, and once busy mills sat abandoned. Recent immigrants have begun to rebuild area business, opening restaurants and retail shops.

Fitchburg's diverse industrial history and legacy of historic buildings make exposure to asbestos an ongoing concern. Workers in construction and other trades may have been put at risk for asbestos disease. Mesothelioma clinics in and around Fitchburg are listed at the bottom of the page.

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Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Fitchburg

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

  • American Woolen Company
  • Borden Chemical
  • Burbank Hospital
  • Crocker Burbank and Company
  • Cushing Dickenson Realty Company
  • Fitchburg Foundry Division
  • Fitchburg Gas & Electric Company
  • Fitchburg Junior High School
  • Fitchburg Paper Company
  • Fitchburg State Teachers College
  • Fitchbury Gas & Electric Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Hedstrom Union
  • James River Paper
  • Jennisson Company
  • Louis De Jonage and Company
  • Putnam Machine Company
  • Simmons Saw & Steel Company
  • Stratton Rotating Engine Company
  • V. Pelleteiri & Sons, Incorporated
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Fitchburg, Massachusetts

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Fitchburg, 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: 40.6 miles


International Mesothelioma Program
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance: 39.8 miles


Kendall Square
500 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Distance: 40.0 miles


450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Distance: 39.3 miles


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

Distance: 55.6 miles


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Barbara E. Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 81.1 miles


Thoracic Oncology Program
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Distance: 72.7 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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

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

Distance: 39.3 miles

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

Distance: 39.3 miles

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

Distance: 39.8 miles

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

Distance: 39.8 miles

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

Distance: 40.6 miles

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

Distance: 53.2 miles

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

Distance: 54.2 miles

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

Distance: 58.9 miles

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

Distance: 58.9 miles

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

Distance: 80.9 miles

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 81.1 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Fitchburg, 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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