Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
When deciding on a facility at which to receive medical treatment for mesothelioma, there are many aspects that patients should consider. One of the challenges faced by those who have malignant mesothelioma is that while the disease can often take twenty years or more to manifest, by the time it does appear and an accurate diagnosis has been given, it is generally at an advanced stage. Finding a treatment center with up-to-date equipment and doctors who are experienced in treating asbestos-related diseases is consequently extremely important if you or someone in your family has any types of mesothelioma of mesothelioma including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma. Besides offering drug therapy, radiation and surgical treatment, most cancer clinics also employ counselors to help patients and their loved ones handle the difficulty of dealing with the cancer. Some areas of the country do not have specialized treatment centers for rare disorders such as pleural mesothelioma, in which case you might have to travel some distance so as to obtain the kind of medical care you need.
The Center for Cancer Care and Research (CCCR) is part of Arch Medical Services, Incorporated. The CCCR is a clinical research center offering a portfolio of clinical trials for virtually every known type of cancer. These trials are sponsored by individual pharmaceutical companies as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The CCCR is organized into a Pharmaceutical Trials Division and a Cooperative Group Division. In the Pharmaceutical Trials Division, patients can learn about clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, all of which are approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration and are designed to improve current treatment strategies. The Cooperative Group Division covers clinical trials listed with the National Cancer Institute. All CCCR physicians who operate with the Cooperative Group Division physicians are members of the Heartland Cancer Research Program.
The Heartland Cancer Research Program is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Medical Center and The Center for Cancer Care and Research. It is a designated Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) by the National Cancer Institute. This prestigious designation allows CCCR physicians access to more extensive listing of National Cancer Institute approved clinical trials for cancer treatment, prevention, and symptom-management.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
The Center for Cancer Care and Research