Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
Located on the medical campus of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, one of just 64 such centers in the United States. The Greenebaum Cancer Center conducts research and offers treatment for a variety of malignant diseases, and its thoracic oncology program is home to the Center for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases. The cancer center — which ranks 22nd in cancer hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 rankings — admits 2,500 patients per year and handles roughly 45,000 outpatient visits. The Leapfrog Group has named the University of Maryland Medical Center as one of the nation’s best hospitals for patient safety and quality of care for six years in a row.
While the Greenebaum Cancer Center received its National Cancer Institute designation in 2008, its involvement with the government institute began much earlier. In 1965 — the early days of chemotherapy — the NCI founded an intramural program in the Division of Cancer Treatment located at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore. The 40-bed program was created as a home for NCI research activities, and was called the Baltimore Cancer Research Center of the NCI. Many important studies were conducted there in an effort to find a cure of the disease.
In 1976, the Baltimore Cancer Research Center was relocated to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and in 1978 it was renamed the Baltimore Cancer Research Program. The program separated from the federal government in 1981 and became the University of Maryland Cancer Center. In 1996, the center was renamed again, this time to the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. The name is a nod to Marlene Greenebaum, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband Stewart, who had donated $10 million to the cancer hospital.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Greenebaum Cancer Center
With fewer than 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year, mesothelioma remains a rare form of cancer. Therefore it’s especially important — for both the patient’s health and his peace of mind — to find a hospital that specializes in treatment of the disease. At the Greenebaum Cancer Center, mesothelioma is treated through the Thoracic Oncology Program using what the hospital describes as a “finely tuned multidisciplinary approach.” When a patient seeks treatment at the center, he gains access to medical, surgical and radiation oncologists in the same visit; treatment is coordinated through a specialized nurse. This arrangement helps to ease the path of communication and minimize stress and inconvenience for the patient and his family.
The Greenebaum Cancer Center offers a range of top-of-the-line technology designed to detect and treat cancer; in fact, the center received the highest ranking in the technology category from U.S. News & World Report, as well as a survival rate of “much better than expected.” The detection process begins with a thorough radiological evaluation to diagnose the disease, assess the stage of the tumor, and help doctors decide the best course of treatment. This may include a chest X-ray, CT scan of the chest and/or abdomen, an MRI and a lung biopsy. Once doctors have gathered this information, the most successful form of mesothelioma treatment is a “trimodal approach”: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. However, the order and intensity of these treatments vary from patient to patient depending on a number of factors, such as the severity of the disease and the patient’s overall health.
If you undergo outpatient treatment at the Greenebaum Center, you may have cause to visit the Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion, a new, 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Located inside the main medical center lobby, the Stoler Pavilion provides a “home base” for patients during their outpatient care. Opened in 2005, the pavilion is designed to make treatment as comfortable and convenient as possible during this difficult time.
Of course, patients often need more than their physical ailments addressed during cancer treatment; their emotional and spiritual well-being, and the well-being of their families and friends, are also extremely important. The Greenebaum Cancer Center offers a staff of social workers and psychologists who are experienced with the special needs of cancer patients and their families. Social workers may also put newly diagnosed patients in touch with other patients who have gone through a similar type of cancer and treatment; this bond can help make the process less stressful by allowing patients to learn from others who have been through the process before.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
Thoracic Oncology Program — Center for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases
U.S. News & World Report — Best Hospitals 2011-12, University of Maryland
National Cancer Institute — Greenebaum Cancer Center
Greenebaum Cancer Center — Support Services