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Rhode Island Mesothelioma Doctors, Cancer Centers and Treatment

Rhode Island

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

Quickly diagnosing, staging and beginning a solid treatment plan gives one the best chance for improving life expectancy. We provide a list of top mesothelioma doctors that practice in Rhode Island as well as the top cancer care centers in the state. A list of local cancer support services has been included as well, for your convenience. Learn more about health care options available in Rhode Island below.

Rhode Island Mesothelioma Statistics
  • 192

    Mesothelioma Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 45

    Asbestosis Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 237

    Total Deaths, 1999 - 2015

Top Rhode Island Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

The following mesothelioma cancer centers are located in the state of Rhode Island. These cancer centers are equipped to deliver quality mesothelioma treatment. Click on a specific cancer center link to get more in depth information.

The Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital

Providence, RI

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island provides treatment for mesothelioma and other types of cancer.

Find a Mesothelioma Doctor in Rhode Island

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Rhode Island. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about their background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and contact information.

Jack A. Elias, M.D.

Dr. Elias
Providence, RI

Dr. Jack A. Elias

Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences

Brown University

Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3330

Dr. Jack A. Elias is Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University in Rhode Island and specializes in pulmonary disease.

David Ettensohn, M.D.

Dr. Ettensohn
Pawtucket, RI

Dr. David Ettensohn

Pulmonary and Critial Care Specialist

Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.

Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 724-4040

Dr. David Ettensohn is a well-respected pulmonary and critical care physician in Pawtucket, Rhode Island specializing in pulmonary diseases like mesothelioma.

John Pella, M.D.

Dr. Pella
Cranston, RI

Dr. John Pella

Chief, Pulmonary Medicine

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 946-4999

Dr. John Pella is Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in Cranston, Rhode Island and as a pulmonary surgeon specializes in treating mesothelioma and other lung diseases.

Sundaresan T. Sambandan, M.D.

Dr. Sambandan
Cranston, RI

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan

Internal Medicine and Hematology

Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island

Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 943-4660

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan is an oncologist with specialties in internal medicine and hematology with offices in Rhode Island.

Anthony Testa, M.D.

Dr. Testa
Johnston, RI

Dr. Anthony Testa

Hematologist & Oncologist

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 273-0220

Dr. Anthony Testa is a hematologist and mesothelioma cancer researcher and is affiliated with several hospitals in Rhode Island including Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.

Occasionally, mesothelioma patients will travel to other states to meet with top mesothelioma doctors and thoracic surgeons across the country. These experts will usually concentrate on a particular mesothelioma type within their practice.

Top Mesothelioma Doctors in the Country
James Pingpank, M.D.

James Pingpank, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist Map Marker UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Raphael Bueno, M.D.

Raphael Bueno, M.D.

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery; Co-Director, The Lung Center Map Marker Brigham and Women's Hospital

Cancer Support Services in Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island Treatment Support Services

Treating Mesothelioma Can Be Expensive in Rhode Island

Mesothelioma treatment is expensive. All of the different treatment related costs can add up quickly. On top of that, many people may need to take time off work or stop working altogether to deal with their cancer diagnosis.

The table below provides cost estimates for some of the procedures commonly 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 listed above do not take insurance payments or reimbursements into account. These cost estimates are estimated using data from the FAIR Health Consumer Cost Lookup tool, Healthcare Bluebook, and other sources.

Filing a Claim for Asbestos Exposure

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 Rhode Island, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

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Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

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Lawyer for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families

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