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When deciding on a clinic to go to for medical treatment for asbestos cancer, including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma, there are numerous factors that patients should consider. One of the difficulties that face mesothelioma patients is that while the disease can sometimes take twenty years or more to manifest, by the time it does appear and has been correctly identified, it is generally in an advanced form. Consequently it is vital that people with mesothelioma seek out doctors and cancer centers that have experience in treating this serious disorder; this is definitely a case where it is sensible to consult someone who specializes in treating asbestos-related cancers. It is also wise to find a facility staffed by compassionate people who can explain the treatment options and with whom you and your family feel comfortable. Some regions of the nation do not have state-of-the-art clinics for hard-to-treat diseases such as pleural mesothelioma; if you live in such an area you might be required to travel in order to obtain the type of medical treatment you want.
Part of the Mayo Clinic health system. Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center of Rochester, Minnesota is the first and largest integrated, group practice in the world. It is also unique in the profit-driven, bottom-line U.S. health care "system" in that it is a non-profit institution that treats over than half a million patients annually. The staff includes over made 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers in addition to 46,000 allied health-care workers at Mayo Clinic sites throughout the nation.
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has been certified as a National Cancer Institute, being one of only 39 cancer centers that have met the rigorous standards for such a designation. As one of the largest cancer treatment facilities in the U.S., the Center treats nearly 20,000 patients each year. Medical researchers at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center are involved in providing hundreds of clinical trials; the Mayo Clinic receives more than $100 million in competitive peer review grants annually and currently has 12 major cancer research programs in place.
The Mayo Clinic Thoracic Surgery Division was founded in 1915. This division is currently one of the largest in the country. The staff includes five board-certified general chest surgeons who provide comprehensive diagnosis and surgical care to cancer patients with diseases of the chest wall and mediastinum, diaphragm, esophagus, lungs, and trachea. Pathologists, oncologists, diagnostic specialists, and surgeons assist in the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma using VATS biopsy, extrapleural pneumonectomy and chemical pleurodesis.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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