Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
University of California San Diego Cancer Center
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
The University of California San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center has been dedicated to providing full service multi-disciplinary cancer care and research since 1979, and in 2001 earned the National Cancer Institute’s designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center. Moores Cancer Center also appeared in U.S. News and World Report magazine’s 2011-2012 survey of “Best Hospitals.” The center’s combined clinical and research facilities in La Jolla, California allow specialists to pursue a “bench-to-bedside” approach to cancer study and treatment. Moores Cancer Center’s approximately 350 members are drawn from 17 different academic disciplines. Current areas of study include uses of nanotechnology in cancer screening and treatment, cancer vaccines, stem cell research and gene therapy for leukemia. New therapies are often developed in partnership with major pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
The University of California San Diego’s Cancer Center was established in 1979 with an initial grant from the National Cancer Institute. The center was later renamed in honor of John Jay Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team, and his wife Rebecca, who provided a gift of $21 million in additional funding. Moores Cancer Center has also received continuous NCI support since its inception.
In 2005, a new cancer center building was completed on the UC San Diego campus which combines a five-story research facility and 3-story clinical and administration building. An infusion center, pharmacy, classrooms, auditorium and procedure areas are housed in the clinical building, which also includes a bamboo garden.
Mesothelioma Treatment at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
The Lung Cancer Unit at Moores Cancer Center treats mesothelioma and other cancers of the lung. Medical oncologist Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, M.D. leads a team of specialists which includes pulmonologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons. Weekly case reviews allow the team to bring together a range of medical perspectives to create individualized patient treatment plans. Patients may benefit from newly-developed treatment techniques and medicines resulting from the center’s ongoing lung cancer research and clinical trials. The Lung Cancer Unit’s physicians can provide a range of current treatment techniques, including radiofrequency ablation, laser reduction of lung tumors and brachytherapy.
Additional services available to patients include pastoral and palliative care, nutrition programs, fertility preservation programs, and mind/body wellness classes such as yoga and meditation.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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