Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is a Philadelphia-based National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, established in 1991. Associated with Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Kimmel Cancer Center employs some 150 investigators who focus their research on the development of new and better treatment options for cancer like malignant mesothelioma (often referred to as asbestos lung cancer).
Patient care at the Jefferson Cancer Center includes access to some of the most well-known doctors in the field of cancer treatment. The center offers state-of-the-art treatments in radiation, chemotherapy, and minimally-invasive surgical procedures and offers a host of clinical trials and all the supportive care services needed by cancer patients and their families to make the cancer journey a little easier.
Mesothelioma patients who come to this cancer center for treatment are seen by the professionals in the Division of Thoracic Oncology which includes thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pulmonary specialists, pathologists, and nurses and support personnel. The division currently offers Phase 2 clinical trials in photodynamic therapy for mesothelioma patients as well as conventional treatments. Radiation procedures offered at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson include brachytherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy and chemotherapy options comprise the latest drugs, like Cisplatin, Alimta®, and Carboplatin, available for the treatment of the disease.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center