Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
If you have been told you have asbestos cancer, such as peritoneal mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma, you ought to think about several issues before deciding which medical center or specialized cancer clinic is the best one for you. While mesothelioma has become well known as a risk factor of working with asbestos, occurrence of the disease is still relatively uncommon in the general populace; many doctors have never encountered a case of it. As a result, general practitioners and smaller, community clinics may not possess the level of knowledge and experience needed to ensure the best care for people with this relatively rare disease. It is also important to choose a cancer center run by caring professionals who can help you understand the mesothelioma treatment options and with whom you feel comfortable. In some cases, the best treatment facility may not be located close to your home and you will have to offset the hassles of traveling to obtain treatment (along with the associated expenses for you and your loved ones) with the advantages of obtaining care from those who are expert in treating malignant mesothelioma.
The Saint Louis University (SLU) Cancer Center employs specialists and medical experts in the areas of:
- medical oncology
- surgical oncology
- radiation oncology
- cancer research
- clinical trials
- cancer prevention and education
- genetic counseling, testing and research
- alternative medicine
- nutrition services
- hospice and pain management
- spiritual care
- professional counseling
- social services
The SLU Cancer Center offers innovative cancer treatments in a cutting-edge, 50,000 square-foot in the University Hospital's West Pavilion, operated as a partnership between the university and the hospital. Pathologists use sophisticated screening and diagnostic tools designed to detect cancer. These include an advanced Breast Imaging Center, an endoscopy suite, computed tomography scans, positron emission tomography, and MRI.
In addition to oncologists, cancer patients at the Center may be also be examined by internal medical specialists including gastroenterologists, hematologists/oncologists, hepatologists, dermatologists, and pulmonologists. In addition to thoracic surgery, surgical oncologists also specialize in general surgery as well as breast surgery, colorectal surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology, orthopedic, and neurosurgery.
SLU Cancer Center oncologists also treat the following cancers:
- head and neck (including thyroid)
- blood (leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome)
- digestive system (colorectal, liver and pancreas)
- urological system (kidney, urinary/bladder)
- musculoskeletal system
- skin cancer (melanoma)
- prostate and testicular
- gynecological (cervical, ovarian and uterine)
Genetic counseling, pastoral care, hospice care assistance, surgery, and interventional radiology are also available at the SLU Cancer Center as well as University Hospital.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Saint Louis University Cancer Center