Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Dallas, Texas, is north Texas’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a distinction awarded to only 26 cancer centers nationwide. The Simmons Center focuses exclusively on cancer, combining forward-thinking approaches to patient care with an array of innovative research projects.
Simmons Cancer Center’s thirteen cancer programs, which include cancer genetics, lung cancer and radiation oncology, are funded by a combination of grants from federal and private foundations, such as the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, as well as from individual donors.
The center occupies a total of 30,000 square feet, and sees some 3,500 new patients annually. Multidisciplinary teams in each cancer program meet weekly to coordinate patient care between the Simmons Cancer Center and affiliated local hospitals. Guest and Patient Services Ambassadors are available at each location to assist with a range of services from hotels and transportation to hair care, floral deliveries, and translation services.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which is home to the Simmons Cancer Center, was founded in 1943 as Southwestern Medical College, affiliated with Baylor University. In 1949, the college was transferred to the University of Texas and became a state medical school. The current campus was first occupied by the newly-renamed University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1955. The medical center’s present name was adopted in 2011.
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center was founded in 1988 with an initial grant of $41 million contributed by Dallas philanthropists Harold and Annette Simmons. The continuing support of Mr. and Mrs. Simmons and the Harold Simmons Foundation have made possible numerous clinical and research efforts, as well as an endowed chair in clinical oncology.
Mesothelioma Treatment at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Lung Cancer Program at Simmons Cancer Center treats cancers of the lungs and chest, including mesothelioma. A multidisciplinary team consisting of thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, social workers, nutritionists and other specialists provides patients with coordinated clinical and supportive care. Team members such as thoracic surgeon Kemp Kernstine, M.D., whose interest areas include minimally-invasive and robotic surgery and mesothelioma, are also actively involved in research projects that may further benefit patients.
The center is noted for its focus on developing and implementing advanced radiation treatments such as image-guided radiation therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy. The Lung Cancer Program is one of only seven such programs to receive a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant. Patients may also be eligible to participate in one of the program’s many ongoing clinical trials.
Author: Linda Molinari
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Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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