Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando
The MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, the largest affiliate of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, Texas, has provided the highest level of medical treatment and patient care since 1991. MD Anderson, Orlando is comprised of board-certified surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, therapists, and counselors. Reaching ten stories high with 220,000 square feet, this comprehensive multidisciplinary cancer center provides 60 private inpatient beds with all ambulatory and ancillary services necessary for cancer care.
The physicians and staff members of MD Anderson, Orlando have a functioning relationship with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They participate in weekly telemedicine conferences with the Houston clinical and research faculty, which enable physicians to consult the pathology and confirm each diagnosis. Teleconferences allow Orlando doctors to discuss any atypical cases with expert pathologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
At MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, a team of professionals provide exceptional attention to each patient in a supportive and comfortable atmosphere. Experts in medical, radiation and surgical oncology, pathology, radiology, nuclear medicine doctors, exceptional nurses, social workers, counselors, dietitians , and pharmacists, work together to deliver optimal care based on each individual diagnosis or medical need. The highly trained staff is educated with the resources to diagnose and perform therapeutic procedures that ultimately improve the quality of life for each patient.
In 1990, MD Anderson, Orlando became the first affiliate of the infamous University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. With the help of Orlando Health, a leading non-profit healthcare network, MD Anderson, Orlando became an innovator in technology, cancer research, education, treatment, and prevention throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. The four medical oncologists, four radiation oncologists, and 75 staff members began providing chemotherapy, infusions, and radiation therapy to individuals on an outpatient basis. Other patients requiring hospitalization were treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
With advances in technology and collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the center was ranked as the best cancer center in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 1994, the facility changed to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando and soon expanded to include outpatient care.
With all its notoriety and the increase of incoming patients, MD Anderson, Orlando required a larger facility. In 2003, patients and medical staff moved to the improved facility in downtown Orlando. The center became a leading innovator with new treatment methods including sterotactic interstitial brachytherapy; intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT); the first radioimmunotherapy medication approved for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Zevalin; Novalis BrainLAB shaped beam surgery; and the image-guided intensity modulated radiation therapy known as helic tomotherapy. Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report has continued to rank MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando as a leading cancer treatment facility.
Mesothelioma Treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando
The Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center provides exceptional care from specifically trained thoracic surgeons who focus on care for patients with lung, esophageal, and other cancers malignancies in the chest including, mesothelioma. The devoted, multidisciplinary healthcare team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, nurses, counselors, and other support staff work together to evaluate and determine the most effective means of treatment for each patient.
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma occurs as a rare, malignant tumor originating from mesothelial cells surrounding the lungs. The thoracic surgeons at MD Anderson, Orlando are specifically trained to perform advanced surgery of thoracic tumors and use the most minimally invasive techniques for diagnosing, staging, and treating various thoracic cancers. The Thoracic Care Center Medical Director, Luis Herrera, MD., is a surgeon for all thoracic malignancies. As a member of the Thoracic/Head & Neck Department of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Orlando Herrera specializes in multimodality treatment for lung and esophagus cancers.
MD Anderson, Orlando was a pioneer in Central Florida for using the minimally invasive lung surgery procedure, Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), and the robotic thoracic surgery known as the Da Vinci Surgical System. They were also the first hospital to perform routine CT screenings that detect lung cancers that are rarely presented on an X-ray. MD Anderson, Orlando takes pride in their various diagnostic and treatment services including PETand CT scan systems, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS and EBUS), airway/esophageal stents, cryotherapy, SuperDimension Bronchus System, advanced radiation therapy using TomoTherapy Hi-Art, Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery for stereotactic high dose focused radiation (SBRT), and clinical trials for early diagnosis.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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