Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
When deciding on a treatment center for asbestos cancer, such as peritoneal mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma, it is important to opt for a well-regarded clinic where the newest treatments are available. The number of possibilities for treating mesothelioma is constantly rising as medical researchers learn more about how the disease works and as drug companies perform clinical trials on new cancer-fighting drugs like Carboplatin, Gemcitabine, and Alimta®. Therefore it is vital that patients find physicians and treatment centers that have experience in treating this serious disease; this is definitely a time where it makes sense to see someone who has specialized in the mesothelioma care. Besides offering chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical treatment, many cancer treatment centers also employ counselors to help patients and their families come to terms with the cancer prognosis. Depending on where you live, the best option may not be located near your place of residence; if that is the case you may need to offset the inconvenience of having to travel to receive mesothelioma treatment (along with the accompanying costs for you and your loved ones) with the benefits of receiving care from experts in treating patients with asbestos-related diseases.
The Barnes Jewish Hospital has been ranked among the top ten in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 1994 Barnes-Jewish Hospital as well as number six nationally for pulmonary disease care and 19th for cancer treatment.
Since 2001, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has opened the Center for Advanced Medicine and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is one of 39 institutions in the nation that have been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The center offers treatments and services for all types of cancer. 350 physicians, scientists, and specialists provide treatment for more than 7,000 cancer patients in addition to 32,000 follow-up patients yearly.
Of particular interest to asbestos disease sufferers, the pulmonary program takes a collaborative approach to the treatment of all types of cancer and other lung disorders including:
- lung cancer
- pulmonary hypertension
- pulmonary indeterminate nodules
- adult cystic fibrosis
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- allergies & immunology
- lung transplantation
- lung volume reduction
The staff also includes a group of experienced thoracic surgeons in a number of pulmonary-related procedures:
- anti-reflux surgery
- surgical treatment of malignant strictures
- photodynamic therapy
- transcervical thymectomy (a minimally invasive procedure developed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
Scientists and researchers of the Siteman Center have been awarded $150 million in cancer research and related training grants. Results are quickly incorporated into treatment; Siteman patients are able to access over 350 clinical studies.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette