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Louisiana Mesothelioma Doctors, Cancer Centers and Treatment


Mesothelioma patients who live in Louisiana have access to quality mesothelioma treatment in state. Conventional mesothelioma treatments available include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Additionally, clinical trials may currently be recruiting pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients in Louisiana.

We provide a list of top mesothelioma doctors that practice in Louisiana, as well as the top cancer care centers in the state. A list of local cancer support services has been included for your convenience. Find quality health care options available in Louisiana below.

Louisiana Mesothelioma Statistics
  • 769

    Mesothelioma Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 204

    Asbestosis Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 973

    Total Deaths, 1999 - 2015

Louisiana Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Louisiana. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered and how to contact the cancer center.

Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Cancer Institute

New Orleans, LA

The Ochsner Cancer Institute at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisianna is an NCI designated cancer center specializing in treating mesothelioma and other cancers of the lung.

Top Louisiana Mesothelioma Doctors

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that practice in the state of Louisiana. Please click on the doctor name to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Brian L. Pettiford, M.D.

Dr. Pettiford
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Medical Center
New Orleans, LA 70121
(504) 842-3966

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford is a cardiothoracic surgeon affiliated with the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He specializes in treating lung disorders including mesothelioma and thoracic malignancies.

Mesothelioma patients sometimes will travel long distances to meet with top mesothelioma doctors and thoracic surgeons across the country. These experts will usually focus on a particular mesothelioma type within their practice.

Top Peritoneal Mesothelioma Doctors in the Country
Claire Verschraegen, M.D.

Claire Verschraegen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist Map Marker The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
David Bartlett, MD

David Bartlett, MD

Vice Chair, Surgical Oncology Services Map Marker UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Louisiana Cancer Support Services

While receiving treatment, mesothelioma patients may find a need for temporary lodging, patient transport, physical therapy or counseling. We have compiled a list of these cancer support services in Louisiana for your convenience.

Louisiana Treatment Support Services

  • Counseling & Support Groups

    • Cancer Services
      (Baton Rouge)
    • Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
      (Baton Rouge)
    • Willis-Knighton Cancer Center
    • Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
  • Long-Term Housing

    • Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge
      (New Orleans)
    • Deming Pavilion Guest Housing
      (New Orleans)
  • Patient Transport

    • Women's & Children's Hospital
    • Thomas & McMahan Cancer Foundation
    • Pilots for Patients
  • Physical Therapy

    • Tulane Medical Center
      (New Orleans)
    • Pontchartrain Cancer Center
    • Our Lady of Lourdes
    • Saint Francis Medical Center

Help With Mesothelioma Treatment Costs

Mesothelioma treatment can be a very expensive proposition and all of the different treatment related costs can add up quickly. Additionally, many people may need to take time off from work to deal with their cancer diagnosis.

The table below provides cost estimates for a number of common procedures used in diagnosing and treating mesothelioma.

Common Costs Associated with Treating Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Diagnosis & Treatment Costs Approximate Cost Range
Diagnostic Imaging (CT, PET, MRI) $800 – $1,600 per scan
Needle Biopsy $500 – $700
Thoracoscopy or Pleuroscopy (lungs) or Laparoscopy (abdomen) $3,600 – $5,000
Thoracotomy (lungs) or Laparotomy (abdomen) $7,800 – $7,900
Surgery – Lobectomy/Pneumonectomy (removal of part or all of a lung) $13,000 – $17,000
Radiation $7,000 – $12,000
Chemotherapy – Pemetrexed (Alimta®) $37,000 – $50,000
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) $700 – $1,000

Note: Costs mentioned above do not factor in insurance payments and reimbursements. Costs are estimated using data from the FAIR Health Consumer Cost Lookup tool, Healthcare Bluebook, and other sources to determine the costs of specific procedures.

Filing an Asbestos Exposure Claim

Don’t lose your right to file a claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation. You must file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of Louisiana.

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