Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a 958-bed hospital and academic health center located in Los Angeles, California. With 2,000 physicians, 10,000 employees, and 2,000 volunteers, it is the largest nonprofit hospital in the western United States.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was created by a merger between two longstanding Los Angeles hospitals, Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai. Cedars of Lebanon traces its roots back to 1902, when Kaspare Cohn Hospital — the hospital that would later become Cedars of Lebanon — opened its doors to people in need on the city’s east side. The original hospital was housed in a donated Victorian home in the Angeleno Heights neighborhood; it contained just 12 beds, and its services were free. Early in the hospital’s existence, In 1930 the hospital was renamed “Cedars of Lebanon” after the Lebanon Cedar, a religiously significant tree that was used to build King Solomon’s Temple of Jerusalem in the Bible. Mount Sinai got its start in 1918 as the Bikur Cholim Society, a two-room hospice founded to deal with the Great Influenza Pandemic; a few years later, the hospice was renamed Mount Sinai Home for the Incurables.
Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai grew steadily over the coming decades. In 1961, after years of study, leaders from both hospitals decided to merge under a new name: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The hospital’s current facilities were built in the 1970s, opening in 1976.
Today, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into the largest nonprofit hospital in the western United States. It’s also highly respected: For the past two decades the hospital has been consistently recognized by the National Research Corporation as southern California’s “gold” standard in health care. Los Angeles residents have rated Cedars-Sinai “number one” in six categories, including “Best Doctors,” “Best Nurses” and “Most Preferred Hospital Overall.”
Mesothelioma Treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, mesothelioma and other cancers are treated at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. The Institute serves as a hub for a variety of treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Doctors often serve on Tumor Boards for specific cancers; this is beneficial for patients, as it allows physicians from various specialties to converse and develop treatment plans for their patients. Patients with pleural mesothelioma may also be treated at the hospital’s Lung Cancer Clinic, which also utilizes multispecialty teams of experts in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and other specialties.
Many mesothelioma patients opt to undergo traditional therapies, which can be effective at extending and enhancing quality of life. Others may decide to take part in a clinical trial, a study of new drugs and treatments not yet available to the public. At 164,000 square feet, Cedars-Sinai’s clinical research trial facility is one of the largest in the nation. The Burns and Allen Research Institute — named for the late comedian George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen — works to support these investigations.
Cedars-Sinai also offers a range of spiritual care services. Patients and their family members are invited to schedule appointments with hospital chaplains at any time.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — History
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — History Brochure
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — Lung Cancer Clinic
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — Clinical Trials