Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
If you are choosing an asbestos cancer treatment center, it is important to find a well-regarded clinic where the latest drugs are available. The number of possibilities for treating mesothelioma is constantly increasing as medical researchers discover more about how the disease works and as pharmaceutical companies run clinical trials on newly developed cancer-fighting medicines, like Gemcitabine and Alimta®. As a result, family physicians and smaller, community hospitals might not have the level of knowledge and background needed to provide the best care for those with asbestos-related cancer. In addition to offering drug therapy, radiation and surgery, many cancer centers also have psychologists on staff to assist patients and their family members come to terms with the stress of dealing with the disease. Some regions of the country do not have specialized facilities for relatively uncommon diseases such as peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma, in which case you may be required to travel some distance so as to receive the type of medical treatment you want.
The Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota was established in 1991, and is part of a larger health care and education facility that includes the Medical School, Dental School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, and School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota is one of only 39 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation.
Physicians at the Cancer Center treat the range of cancer in all stages from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to Wilms Tumor. Malignant mesothelioma and thoracic cancer cases are treated through the University of Minnesota Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Clinical Program. This is a multidisciplinary program operated by specialists in oncology, pathology, radiotherapy, and thoracic surgery. Surgery and treatment is available for all stages of mesothelioma for palliative purposes, and usually requires a multimodal approach.
Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota oncologists are experts in the techniques of Cytoreductive surgery in conjunction with hyperthermic (heated) chemotherapy. This innovative treatment can offer a substantial improvement in the quality of life for cancer patients with peritoneal metastatic cancer.
Thoracic Cancer Team is also actively involved in national and regional cancer trials for a variety of thoracic cancers. Clinical research and treatment partners include the University's Stem Cell Institute, Center for Immunology, Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the Institute of Human Genetics.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette