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The Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center of UPMC Cancer Centers treats mesothelioma cancer with experts in thoracic surgery, pulmonology, pathology, radiology, pain management and medical and radiation oncology.

The center treats patients diagnosed with epithelioid, sarcomatoid and mixed or biphasic mesothelioma. A care team will assess the cancer through immunohistochemistry, and sample the affected tissue to determine the necessary treatment plan. Specialized treatments, such as hyperthermic chemoperfusion (HIPEC), are used to apply chemotherapy directly to the tumor for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. Treatments such as pleurectomy and peritonectomy may also be utilized in treatment at UPMC to remove part of the pleura or lining of the abdomen, depending on where the mesothelioma cancer is found. The center also offers the latest advancements in radiation treatments with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and 4D computed tomography to allow for the more targeted treatment with fewer side effects.

Services such as pain management, palliative care, psychological services and social work are available to patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Their sleep clinic can help patients to help them combat cancer-related sleep issues. Clinical trials are also available to patients who are qualified to participate.

Specializations:

  • Chemotherapy or other medical oncology therapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgery

Accreditations:

  • American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) accreditation
  • Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation
  • National Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) accreditation
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