Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is composed of two different medical centers (Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center) and is affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools (Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and Cornell University’s Weill Medical College). Together, NewYork-Presbyterian is considered one of the most comprehensive teaching hospitals in the world and is currently ranked sixth on U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals list. More doctors from NewYork-Presbyterian were named to a list of America’s Top Doctors than from any other hospital in the U.S.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was formed by a merger of two separate institutions – New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital – each of which has its own history and impressive accomplishments.
The New York Hospital was the second oldest hospital in the United States, dating back to 1771; it was formed by a Royal Charter granted by England’s King George III. In 1898, the hospital became affiliated with the newly founded Weill Cornell Medical College. The New York Hospital was the first to use the Pap test to detect cervical cancer; it also became renowned for its Burn Center – the largest in the United States – and its top-notch In-Vitro Fertilization Program.
Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Hospital was founded in 1868 by James Lenox, a philanthropist and wealthy book collector from New York City. Presbyterian Hospital was affiliated with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and starting in 1925, it also formed ties with the Sloane Hospital for Women, a leader in obstetrics and gynecology. Also a leader in its field, Presbyterian Hospital was home to Babies & Children’s Hospital, where the first pediatric heart transplant was performed.
The New York Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital merged on January 1, 1998, forming the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The merger created the largest and most comprehensive medical facility in the state of New York, boasting more than 19,000 full-time employees; this makes the hospital the largest private employer in New York City. The institution runs five main facilities: NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; The Allen Hospital; Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork–Presbyterian; and NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/ Westchester Division.
Mesothelioma Treatment at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian operates two cancer treatment centers: the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Weill Cornell Cancer Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Recently, the hospital also opened a Mesothelioma Center, which sees more than 100 newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients each year and takes on important research to add to experts’ knowledge of the disease.
From the point of diagnosis, NewYork-Presbyterian offers the newest tools and treatment options to its patients. Once a biopsy is conducted and a person is diagnosed, tumor tissue is carefully examined to see how it reacts to various types of treatment. These tests help doctors see how effective treatments would be and help them decide how to move forward.
Generally, patients are seen by several specialists throughout their treatment, including a surgeon, medical oncologist and radiotherapist, as well as a specialized nursing staff and psychiatry liaison. NewYork-Presbyterian also offers patients access to experimental treatments, if they so desire, or they can choose the most up-to-date conventional treatments. The Mesothelioma Center is among the leading hospitals that are evaluating new chemotherapy options for mesothelioma patients; currently, the preferred option for most pleural mesothelioma patients is pemetrexed plus cisplatin.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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