Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC) has its home at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which is located in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Albert Einstein was one of the first cancer centers on a medical school campus to be recognized by the National Cancer Institute at its founding in the early 1970s. Its researchers and faculty fall into eight research categories and are experts in a wide range of cancer specialties.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine got its start in 1945, when Yeshiva University President Dr. Samuel Belkin decided to create a new medical school. The arrangement was finalized in 1951, when Belkin entered into an agreement with the city of New York for faculty of the college to take over care of patients at the 1,400-bed Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. During the planning process, the famous physicist Albert Einstein wrote to Dr. Belkin, giving his support to a school that would “welcome students of all creeds and races.” Einstein later agreed to allow the school to be named after him. In 1955, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine graduated its first class of medical students – 53 men and three women.
The medical school grew throughout the coming decades, adding centers such as the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development, the Arthur B. and Diane Belfer Educational Center for Human Sciences, and the Irwin B. and Sylvia Chanin Institute for Cancer Research. A 10-story biomedical research facility was erected in 1996, greatly expanding the school’s research operations.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine was the first medical school to establish a Department of Genetics in 1964, and the following year the school opened one of the first General Clinical Research Centers in the United States. In 1976, researchers at Einstein were the first to make advances with Taxol, one of the most important cancer-treatment drugs in history. In 1988, the school opened one of the country’s first Centers for AIDS Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Today Einstein focuses on medical education, research and clinical investigation, and remains a major biomedical and clinical research facility. The school’s faculty received an impressive $200 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2010.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult, especially because it can take years for symptoms to present themselves; when they do, the symptoms frequently resemble those of other diseases. Doctors will likely ask a number of in-depth questions about the patient’s work history to determine if there was any exposure to asbestos in his or her life. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma is generally treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, but treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of the disease and the general health of the patient. Some individuals diagnosed with the disease may require surgery to remove the entire affected lung, while others will have just the lining of the lung removed. Some patients may also be candidates for clinical trials, and can choose to undergo treatment with newly developed drugs that are not yet administered to the larger population.
Mesothelioma and other types of cancer are treated at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, whose goal is “to foster basic, clinical, population-based and translational research that addresses all aspects of the cancer problem.” The center is based in the Chanin Research Institute, and research is conducted on two campuses – the Montefiore Medical Center and the Jacobi Medical Center – where doctors and researchers from Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology, Pediatrics and Radiation Oncology work together to fight the disease. Genetic research also plays an important role in Einstein’s work, evidenced by the new 201,000-square-foot Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine.
The Albert Einstein Cancer Center is also home to the Psychosocial Oncology Program, which offers support to the people of the Bronx that are suffering from or affected by cancer, including family members of mesothelioma cancer victims. The program strives to promote healthy behavior and the kind of support that offers hope and promotes quality of life.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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