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Situated in southeastern Pennsylvania, Reading is a city in and the county seat of Berks County, and the principal city of the Greater Reading Area. With a population of more than 88,000, Reading is the fifth most populated city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous municipality. The city is bounded on the west by the Schuylkill River, on the east by Mount Penn, and on the south by Neversink Mountain. The city lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which carried anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to cities along the Schuylkill River. Reading was one of the first cities where outlet shopping became a tourist industry. Reading’s symbol is a Japanese-style pagoda, which is located on Mount Penn, visible from nearly everywhere in town.

The construction of the railroad in the 1800s was probably the single greatest factor in the development of Reading. Eventually, the declining coal shipping revenues and strict government regulations would force the Reading Company to file for bankruptcy in 1971 and sell its interests to the newly formed Consolidated Railroad Corporation (Conrail) in 1976. During the early 1900s, the city experienced a burgeoning automobile industry. The city’s growth continued through the 1930s. From the 1940s to the 1970s, however, the city witnessed a drastic decline in prosperity, generally due to the demise of the heavy industry and railroads, and a general movement toward the suburbs. Today, agriculture is a major industry for Reading as well as other cities in Berks County.

Over the years, asbestos-containing products were commonly used in industrial and manufacturing sites such as those found in Reading, Pennsylvania. Individuals who worked with and/or around asbestos may be at risk to developing mesothelioma, a potentially terminal cancer. We provide information about mesothelioma treatment options in and around Reading at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Reading, you may benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

01. Exposure Sites

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Reading

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

  • A T & T Company
  • A. Wilhelm Company
  • Acme Markets Warehouse
  • Albright College
  • American Chain & Cable
  • Beryllium Corporation
  • Bureau of Water Department of Parks and Public Property
  • Carpenter Steel Company
  • Colonial Berks Real Estate
  • Colonial Trust Company
  • Consumers Gas Company
  • Cooperative Power Plant
  • Dana Corporation
  • East Penn Refractories Company
  • Eastern Industrial Insulation
  • Eisenhower Apartments
  • Federal Paper Board Company Inc.
  • Frantz Heating & Roof Company
  • Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
  • Gilbert Associates, Inc.
  • Hendel Hat Company
  • Hopper Paper Company
  • House of Good Shepard
  • J H Sternbergh and Son
  • John A. Rigg
  • Karl Lieberknecht Inc.
  • Kawecki Chemical Company
  • L.J. Land Inc
  • Louis Kraemer and Company
  • Lucent Technologoes
  • Metropolitan Edison Company
  • Metropolitan Electric Company
  • Orr & Sembower Inc
  • Parish Div. Dana
  • Paul B. Hendel & Company
  • Penn Hardware Company
  • Penn Optical
  • Penna Hardward Company
  • Pennsylvania Railroad Company
  • Philada and Reading Railway
  • Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company
  • Prestolite Battery
  • Reading Company
  • Reading Hospital
  • Reading Iron Company
  • Reading Iron Works
  • Reading Metals Refining Company
  • Reading Railroad
  • Reading Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Reading Shale Brick Company
  • Reading Transport
  • Reading Tube Corp
  • Reading Tube Division
  • Reading Water Works
  • Reading Whitehall Paperwork
  • Rockwell Industries
  • Sears Roebuck Store
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Temple Iron Company
  • Textile Machine Works
  • Titus Powerhouse
  • Us Army Reserve Center
  • W H Luden
  • W. J. Hollis
  • Western Electric Company Inc.
  • Willson Products Division
  • Wilson Safety Products
  • Zack Industries
02. Doctors

Reading, Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Doctors

We have gathered below a list of mesothelioma doctors and oncologists that practice within a 100-mile radius of Reading, Pennsylvania. Click on a specific doctor link to obtain more information about their areas of expertise, background, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Joel D. Cooper
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Sunil Singhal
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Penn Thoracic Surgery Perelman
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Steven M. Albelda
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser
Temple Lung Center
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Temple Lung Center
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Dr. Charles R. Mulligan, Jr.
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Newark, DE 19713

Dr. Gregory A. Masters
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
Newark, DE 19713

Dr. Jyoti Malhotra
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Dr. Bruce G. Haffty
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Dr. H. Richard Alexander, Jr.
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Dr. Patrick Forde
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD 21231

Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD 21201

Dr. Petr F. Hausner
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD 21201

Dr. Julie Renee Brahmer
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD 21287

Dr. Stephen C. Yang
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287

03. Cancer Centers

Locate a Cancer Center near Reading, Pennsylvania

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers within a 100-mile radius of Reading, Pennsylvania. Click on a specific cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, affiliated mesothelioma doctors and how to contact the cancer center.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Temple Lung Center
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Bluemle Life Sciences Building
Suite 1050
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Temple Health
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia
Comprehensive Cancer Care Network
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building
Baltimore, MD 21287

04. Support Services

Mesothelioma Patient Support Services near Reading

The following cancer support services may be of help to you while you are receiving treatment for mesothelioma. Support services for mesothelioma patients include patient transport, temporary housing, physical therapy and counseling.

Pennsylvania Treatment Support Services
Counseling & Support Groups
  • Cancer Support Community Delaware 
    (Wilmington)
    302-995-2850
  • Crozer Keystone Health System 
    (Springfield)
    800-254-3258
  • Christina Care Health System 
    (Wilmington)
    800-693-CARE
  • Abramson Cancer Center 
    (Philadelphia)
    800-789-7366
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center 
    (Philadelphia)
    888-369-2427
  • Look Good Feel Better, Multiple Locations
    800-227-2345
  • Love in the Name of Christ 
    (Bear)
    302-221-5683
  • Catholic Charities – New Jersey 
    (Mt. Holly)
    609-386-7331
  • Medical Oncology Associates 
    (Kingston)
    570-288-7231
  • Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey 
    (Bedminster)
    908-658-5400
  • American Cancer Society – Baltimore (MD) Office 
    (Baltimore)
    800-227-2345
Long-Term Housing
  • Hope Lodge 
    (Hummelstown)
    800-227-2345
  • Hosts for Hospitals 
    (Philadelphia)
    484-380-2999
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 
    (Wilmington)
    302-656-HUGS
  • Pettinaro Residential Housing 
    (Wilmington)
    302-999-0708
  • Extended Stay America 
    (Cherry Hill)
    856-616-1200
  • American Cancer Society -Hope Lodge – Baltimore 
    (Baltimore)
    410-547-2522
Patient Transport
  • Whitehall Medical Transport Services 
    (Allentown)
    610-262-2403
  • STAT Medical Transport 
    (Drexel Hill)
    610-449-7828
  • R.N.R Transportation 
    (Philadelphia)
    267-439-4662
  • Life Alliance 
    (Philadelphia)
    215-800-1960
  • Generations Home Care 
    (New Castle)
    302-276-1466
  • Jean Birch Senior Center 
    (Middletown)
    302-378-4758
  • Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, Mercy Medical Center 
    (Baltimore)
    410-332-9000
  • MTA Mobility Paratransit 
    (Baltimore)
    410-764-8181
  • Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital 
    (Baltimore)
    410-955-2585
  • Honest Medical Transportation 
    (Elizabeth)
    908-662-1717
  • Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society – Maryland 
    (Laurel)
    800-227-2345
  • Alliance Medical Services LLC 
    (Paterson)
    973-778-4911
Physical Therapy
  • University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic 
    (Newark)
    302-831-8893
  • Brunswick Health & Physical Therapy Center 
    (New Brunswick)
    732-565-1701
  • Bayhealth 
    (Dover)
    302-674-4700
  • Elite Physical Therapy 
    (Newark)
    973-732-5959
  • Penn Medicine Cancer Rehabilitation 
    (Philadelphia, West Chester, Lancaster)
    800-789-7366
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
    (Philadelphia, Furlong)
    888-369-2427
  • PinnacleHealth Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Services 
    (Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg)
    717-988-0601
05. Filing a Lawsuit

Filing a Mesothelioma Claim in Reading, Pennsylvania

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

06. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms Servicing Reading, Pennsylvania

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

Shein Law

If you are looking for an expert asbestos exposure and mesothelioma attorney, look no further than Shein Law. With offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a mesothelioma attorney from our legal team will fight for clients’ rights in order to achieve justice.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

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Linda is the editor in chief at Mesothelioma.com.
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Linda Molinari has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos.


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Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation.


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Situated in southeastern Pennsylvania, Reading is a city in and the county seat of Berks County, and the principal city of the Greater Reading Area. With a population of more than 88,000, Reading is the fifth most populated city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous municipality. The city is bounded on the west by the Schuylkill River, on the east by Mount Penn, and on the south by Neversink Mountain. The city lent its name to the now-defunct Reading Railroad, which carried anthracite coal from the Pennsylvania Coal Region to cities along the Schuylkill River. Reading was one of the first cities where outlet shopping became a tourist industry. Reading’s symbol is a Japanese-style pagoda, which is located on Mount Penn, visible from nearly everywhere in town.

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