The University of Mississippi Medical Center is located on the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi. It includes a Level I trauma center, a comprehensive cancer center, and an organ transplantation facility. The center also houses Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions and Dentistry and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.
Opened in 1955, the Medical Center currently operates as a separately funded, semi-autonomous unit that reports to the chancellor of the University of Mississippi and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. These clinics are teaching hospitals supporting all Medical Center education programs. The center includes a 722-bed diagnostic and treatment referral center for the state, treating more than 27,000 inpatients as well as over 418,000 outpatient and emergency patients on an annual basis.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute uses a team approach to handle mesothelioma and other cancers, ranging from early stages to advanced cases. Their thoracic care team includes specialists in thoracic surgery, pulmonology, pathology and medical and radiation oncology.
In the mesothelioma diagnostic process, the center uses low-dose CT scans and electromagnetic bronchoscopy to aid in early and quick cancer detection. In many mesothelioma treatment plans, pulmonologists, surgeons and oncologist work closely together to assess underlying conditions while treating mesothelioma. Treatment options include chemotherapy as a first-line treatment, but surgery and radiation therapy may also be utilized depending on the individual case.The UMMC Cancer Institute also offers newer treatments like photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies.
Services such as social workers, support groups, faith services and insurance support are offered to patients and their families to ensure that every patient has a care team that can support them throughout their treatment process.
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