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South Dakota Mesothelioma Doctors, Cancer Centers and Treatment

South Dakota

Mesothelioma patients who live in South Dakota have access to quality mesothelioma treatment options in state. Conventional mesothelioma treatments available in South Dakota include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Beyond these conventional treatments, clinical trials may currently be recruiting pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients in South Dakota.

We provide a list of top mesothelioma doctors that practice in South Dakota, 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 South Dakota below.

South Dakota Mesothelioma Statistics
  • 104

    Mesothelioma Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • N/A

    Asbestosis Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 104

    Total Deaths, 1999 - 2015

Doctors who Treat Mesothelioma in South Dakota

The following mesothelioma doctors are located and practice in the state of South Dakota. Click on a specific doctor link to obtain more information about their background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Ashraf A. Elshami, M.D.

Dr. Elshami
Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Ashraf A. Elshami


Sanford Health/Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic

Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 328-8900

Dr. Ashraf A. Elshami is a Pulmonologist at the Sanford Health/Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he specializes in treating mesothelioma and other respiratory ailments.

Michael Keppen, M.D.

Dr. Keppen
Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Michael Keppen

Medical Oncologist & Hematologist

Sanford Cancer Center

Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 328-8000

Dr. Michael Keppen is an oncologist and hematologist involved in mesothelioma treatment at Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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

Claire Verschraegen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist Map Marker Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
David Bartlett, M.D.

David Bartlett, M.D.

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

Find Cancer Support Services in South Dakota

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 South Dakota.

South Dakota Treatment Support Services

Financial Assistance to Help with Treatment Costs

The costs associated with mesothelioma treatment can add up quickly. Additionally, 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 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 South Dakota, you may be entitled to compensation. You must file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of South Dakota.

Resources for South Dakota Mesothelioma Patients

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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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