Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
If you have been told you have asbestos cancer like pericardial mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma, you ought to think about several issues when deciding which hospital or cancer center treatment program might be best for you. The number of possibilities for treating mesothelioma is constantly increasing as medical researchers discover more about how mesothelioma disease works and as pharmaceutical companies perform tests of newly developed cancer-fighting medicines like Carboplatin and Gemcitabine. Finding a clinic with state-of-the-art technology and physicians who are experienced in treating asbestos-related diseases is consequently very important if you or someone you know has developed mesothelioma. It is also important to choose a facility run by compassionate people who will take the time to help you understand the treatment alternatives and with whom you and your family feel comfortable. Some parts of the country don't have state-of-the-art clinics for relatively uncommon disorders such as asbestos-caused cancer; if you live in such an area you might be required to temporarily relocate so as to obtain the type of medical treatment you want.
Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 39 Comprehensive Cancer Center in the U.S. so designated by the National Cancer institute. Physicians and staff provide care for over 6,000 new patients each year while carrying some 400 cancer-specific research projects and clinical trials. The center is funded through a combination of grants, awards, and individual donors.
The institute has 15 multidisciplinary cancer treatment teams that include specialists from every diagnostic, treatment and supportive care specialty:.
- hematology oncology
- radiation oncology
- oncology nursing
- supportive care
Diagnoses and treatment of mesothelioma are carried out by the Institute's thoracic oncology team, which also deals with cancers of the lung, thymus gland, and esophagus.
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is also home to the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers, where researchers examine the health consequences of chronic exposure to asbestos contaminated vermiculite while implementing a program of early detection and treatment of human cancers and asbestosis resulting from chronic exposure to asbestos and provide physician education of asbestos-related diseases.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette