Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
If you have been stricken with an asbestos cancer such as mesothelioma, you ought to consider several issues when deciding which hospital or specialized treatment program that is the right one for you. The number of possibilities for treating malignant mesothelioma is ever rising as researchers discover more about how the disease works and as pharmaceutical companies conduct tests of new cancer-fighting medicines like Cisplatin, Carboplatin, and Alimta®. Finding a facility with up-to-date equipment and staff who have current knowledge of asbestos-related diseases is consequently extremely important if you or someone in your family has developed mesothelioma. In addition, it's also wise to choose a cancer center run by caring professionals who can help you understand the treatment alternatives and with whom you and your family feel comfortable. Sometimes, the best treatment facility might not be located close to your home; if that is the case you will have to balance the inconvenience of traveling to obtain treatment (as well as the accompanying expenses for you and your family) with the benefits of obtaining care from those who are expert in treating patients with a mesothelioma diagnosis.
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) is one of 39 "Comprehensive Cancer Centers" in the U.S. to be designated as such by the National Cancer Institute. In order to receive designation status, a facility must demonstrate expertise clinical, laboratory, and behavioral and population-based research and provide reliable information on advances in healthcare for both professionals and the public.
UNC Lineberger the entire range of cancer, including all types of lung cancer as well as adult and childhood mesothelioma. The Thoracic Oncology Program at Linebergertakes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. UNC Lineberger's specialists are trained in the following areas:
- pulmonary medicine
- medical and radiation oncology
- thoracic oncology
- oncology nursing
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Program currently offers the latest and most advanced diagnostic tools, surgical techniques, and medical and radiation therapies. This include transbronchial biopsy, fine needle aspiration, and thoracoscopic biopsy with CT-guided localization. UNC is one of only a handful of cancer treatment centers that have access to a Light-Induced Fluorescence Endoscope (LIFE), which allowing specialists to study the natural history and molecular biology of pre-malignant lesions. UNC is also among less than a dozen institutions in the country being equipped for CT-Fluoroscopy, having pioneered the development of CT-based three-dimensional (3D) imaging for radiation treatment planning.
Treatment options include:
- lobectomy and pneumonectomy using incisions of video-assisted surgery
- combined-therapy treatment consisting of chemotherapy and radiation therapy followed by surgery
- radiation therapy
- laser treatment
- bronchial artery embolization
Patients at the Lineberger Center can also access ongoing clinical trials for cancer treatment and prevention.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center - Thoracic Oncology Program