Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
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The Kimmel Cancer Center is located in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins University – one of the most respected names in medicine. In fact, the university’s science and medical programs receive more research funding from the federal government than any other medical institution in the United States. The Kimmel Center is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the only treatment center in the state of Maryland to hold that distinction.
Johns Hopkins Medicine traces its roots to the end of the 19th century – a time preceding modern-day medical standards when most medical schools were little more than trade schools. The opening of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889 and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1893 changed that by offering a greatly improved curriculum that incorporated bedside teaching and laboratory research. Johns Hopkins’ influence continued: the medical school was the first to admit women, the first to use rubber gloves to maintain a sterile environment in surgery, and the first to develop CPR. In later years, Johns Hopkins became the “birthplace” of several advanced medical fields, including neurosurgery, endocrinology and pediatrics.
Johns Hopkins’ advances in cancer research were just as plentiful. Researchers at the hospital were the first to determine that cancer was a genetic disease, leading to the first genetic tests for hereditary cancers. Johns Hopkins was the first hospital to map a cancer genome; since then, of the 75 cancers for which all genes have been sequenced, 68 have been sequenced at the Kimmel Center. The hospital was also the first to develop therapeutic cancer vaccines.
Much of this work has taken place at the Kimmel Cancer Center, which began operations in 1973. Shortly after its opening, the Center’s excellence was recognized by the National Cancer Institute, as the center was named one of the first “comprehensive cancer centers” in the nation. The Center’s influence has continued to grow, and in the past 12 years, Kimmel opened new facilities to match its reputation. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, a clinical care cancer facility, opened in 1999, while the Bunting Blaustein Cancer Research Building, a research and teaching building, opened in late 2000. Finally, in 2006, the Koch Cancer Research Building opened its doors.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can be an incredibly stressful experience for both the patient and his or her family. While it is bound to be frightening, the process can be made more tolerable if you know what to expect, and if you’re in the hands of doctors you trust.
The Kimmel Cancer Center’s mission is to perform the most advanced research and utilize discoveries in top-notch cancer therapies. The center’s director, William Nelson, describes its mission this way: “The latest, plus some.” Indeed, the center continues to top charts; for 20 years, Kimmel has been among the top three hospitals in rankings by U.S. News and World Reports. A survey by the information company Thomson Scientific called the Center a “cancer research powerhouse.”
Leaders at the Kimmel Cancer Center pride themselves not only on the most cutting-edge research but on making this newfound knowledge available to patients in the form of new treatments. New drugs and treatments developed in the Center’s labs are quickly used in clinical settings. On a more personal note, the Kimmel Center includes a Cancer Counseling Center and the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, a space with 39 suites available for patients and their family members who come to the hospital from out of town. A program known as the Art of Healing, a unique arts and music program aimed at nurturing and comforting patients, is also an important part of the Center.
Treatment for mesothelioma typically consists of a combination of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery – though the order and type of the treatments vary depending on the patient. Experienced mesothelioma doctors will carefully test you before making a diagnosis and will also conduct further tests to determine which type of the disease you have; these tests can include CT Scans, PET Scans, or MRIs. This will make it easier for them to create a specialized treatment plan that is best suited to fight your cancer.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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