Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Cancer Registry
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If you have been stricken with asbestos cancer, including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma, you should think about a number of factors before choosing which hospital or specialized cancer clinics might be the right one for you. Even though mesothelioma is now well known as a consequence of asbestos exposure, occurrence of the disease is still relatively rare in the population at large; many physicians have never encountered any patients with it. As a result, family doctors and smaller cancer centers often do not possess the level of knowledge and background needed to ensure the most effective care for those who have mesothelioma disease. It is also wise to find a treatment center run by compassionate people who will take the time to explain the mesothelioma treatment options and with whom you and your family feel comfortable. Sometimes, the best option might not be located near your place of residence and you may have to offset the difficulties of traveling to obtain treatment (and the accompanying costs for you and your loved ones) with the benefits of obtaining medical care from those who are expert in treating patients with asbestos-related diseases like pleural mesothelioma.
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.
The Medical Center began operations in 1955 and 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.
There are several departments dedicated to cancer treatment; these include the Department of Surgery and the Department of Radiology. The former is staffed by three cardiothoracic surgeons and eight additional cardiothoracic surgeons who operate community practices in the Jackson metro area. The program offers pulmonary surgery, mediastinal surgery, and esophageal surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS, a minimally-invasive technique) and endoscopy.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette