Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center of UPMC Cancer Centers
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The Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center of UPMC Cancer Centers is a state of the art mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The center is staffed with leading mesothelioma experts representing a broad cross-section of medical disciplines and offers a unique, multidisciplinary treatment approach for mesothelioma patients.
The Specialty Care Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and can affect the lining of the lungs as is the case with pleural mesothelioma or the lining of the abdomen which occurs in peritoneal mesothelioma. The most effective treatment plan for either type of mesothelioma is usually a multidisciplinary one that uses a combination of conventional treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and supportive services to help with stress, pain relief and symptom management. The medical experts at the Specialty Care Center offer an integrated approach to determining the right combination of treatment therapies for each patient in order to ensure the most favorable outcome.
The comprehensive services offered by the Specialty Care Center include diagnosis, planning and treatment. Diagnosing mesothelioma is a first critical step in the overall treatment plan as the stage at which the disease is diagnosed determines the treatment options that are available. The Center offers a number of diagnostic procedures including thoracentesis for those suspected of having pleural mesothelioma and paracentesis for those suspected of having peritoneal mesothelioma. A number of other needle biopsy procedures are also offered including CT-guided needle biopsy.
Once a diagnosis has been made, patients are assigned a multidisciplinary team of medical experts. These specialists review the complete patient health profile and diagnostic test results to determine the optimal treatment, or combination of treatments, for the patient. The surgical team at the Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center offers the most up to date surgical options available as well as intraoperative chemotherapy treatment for both types of mesothelioma. A number of supportive services are also offered to help patients cope with the challenges of living with cancer and to help manage stress, pain and the side effects of treatment.
The Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center’s mission is highly patient focused. The staff knows that early detection and prompt treatment is essential for managing the disease to the most favorable outcome. Their goal is to have patients seen within one week of the initial phone call and for treatment to begin within two weeks of the first physician visit. For your convenience, the contact information for this center is located at the bottom of this page.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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