Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
If you have been stricken with an asbestos cancer such as pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma, you need to consider a number of issues when choosing which hospital or cancer treatment program is the right one for your prognosis. Even though it is know that exposure to asbestos is the leading risk factor associated with mesothelioma, occurrence of the disorder is still quite rare in the population at large; many doctors have never encountered any cases of it. As a result, family physicians and smaller, community clinics often do not have the level of knowledge and background needed to ensure the best care for those who have malignant mesothelioma. Besides offering drug therapy, radiation and surgery, most clinics that specialize in cancer also employ psychologists to assist patients and their families cope with the difficulty of fighting the disease. Depending on where you live, the right cancer center might not be located close to your place of residence and you may need to offset the inconvenience of having to travel to obtain treatment (along with the accompanying costs for you and your family) with the advantages of receiving care from experts in treating patients with mesothelioma cancer.
The Memphis VA Medical Center was founded in 1922. Through numerous clinics, the Memphis VAMC serves some 200,000 veterans throughout western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and northwest Arkansas. The VAMC is recognized nationally for quality medical care, superior customer service, allied/medical health education, and research.
The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center itself is a fully accredited 244-bed tertiary care facility offering medical services to 10,000 veterans in the Memphis metro area. The main campus offers acute medical, surgical and intermediate care as well as a full range of primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the areas of psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, oncology, dentistry, and gynecology.
Services for various types of cancer and respiratory diseases include:
- radiation oncology
- CT/MRI scanning
- endoscopic surgery
- pain management
- nuclear medicine
- open heart surgery
- ambulatory surgery
- audiology/speech pathology
- cytogenetic referral
- day treatments
Through its research and development, specialty care and surgery programs, the center is able to offer medical support for Veterans with mesothelioma and other lung cancers using cutting-edge medical techniques as well as state-of-the-art equipment. The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center's primary affiliation is with the University of Tennessee in addition to with numerous other colleges and universities throughout the country.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Memphis VA Medical Center