If you are deciding on a place to go for treatment of an asbestos cancer such as pericardial mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, it is important to search for a highly regarded facility where the latest treatment options are available. One of the difficulties faced by malignant mesothelioma patients is that although the disease can sometimes take many years to begin showing symptoms, by the time it does appear and has been properly identified, it is generally in stage 3 or stage 4. Consequently, family doctors and smaller hospitals might not possess the level of knowledge and background needed to provide the most effective care for people with asbestos-related cancer. In addition, it’s also important to select a cancer center staffed by caring people who can explain your treatment options and with whom you and your family feel comfortable. Some regions of the nation do not have specialized clinics for rare disorders such as mesothelioma cancer; if you live in such an area you may be required to temporarily relocate so as to obtain the best care.

The Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research is part of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. The institutions that are part of the university train more over 4,200 medical, graduate and allied health students, residents and postdoctoral fellows every year.

Physicians at the Hamon Center are able to provide treatment for the following cancers:

  • mesothelioma
  • lung
  • head and neck
  • gastrointestinal
  • gynecologic
  • lymphoma
  • leukemia
  • myeloma
  • melanoma
  • urologic
  • breast
  • brain and spinal cord

In addition to those listed above, researchers at the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research are currently focusing on:

  • pediatric tumors
  • family cancer genetics
  • molecular early detection of cancer
  • microarray expression analysis of genes involved in human cancers
  • new drug therapies
  • tumor vaccines
  • gene therapy
  • identification of the role of dominant and recessive oncogenes and DNA repair genes
  • autocrine/paracrine growth factors in the pathogenesis of human cancer.

The UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Service also specializes in cancers listed above in addition to cancers of the female genital tract and urethra, soft tissue sarcoma, and tumors and hematologic malignancies in children.

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