Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
If you have been told you have an asbestos cancer such as pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma, you would be wise to consider a number of issues before deciding which medical center or cancer treatment program might be best for you. One of the challenges that face those who have malignant mesothelioma is that although the disease may frequently take decades to develop, once it does appear and has been positively identified, it is likely already in stage 3 or stage 4. As a result, family doctors and smaller clinics may not possess the level of knowledge and experience needed to provide the best care for those with mesothelioma. It's also wise to select a cancer center run by compassionate professionals who will explain your treatment options and with whom you are comfortable. Sometimes, the best treatment facility might not be located close to your place of residence; if that is the case you will need to balance the inconvenience of having to travel to obtain treatment (along with the associated expenses for you and your loved ones) with the benefits of receiving care from health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with mesothelioma.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of the few remaining nonprofit health care systems in the United States. The institution offers programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopedics, and sports medicine, among others. However, it is commercializing medical and technological expertise by investing new companies and developing strategic business relationships with some of the world's leading corporations involved in information technology for sharing electronic medical records across multiple hospitals as well as research in regenerative medicine and new field of biosecurity.
The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute provides a high level of cancer care to patients who are able to afford it, offering the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to the latest cancer research, the center treats some 30,000 patients a year, who are served by a staff numbering 2300 physicians and support personnel. These specialists offer diagnosis and treatment for all types of adult cancer. Programs include:
- brain cancers
- breast cancer
- colon and gastrointestinal cancers
- head and neck cancers
- leukemias and lymphomas
- liver cancer, lung cancer
- gynecologic cancers
- prostate and urologic cancers
- stem cell transplantation.
Pediatric patients are treated at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute covers a wide geographic with a network that includes of 180 affiliated oncologists at more than 40 western Pennsylvania locations, putting virtually all cancer patients in the region within 20 minutes of a local facility. These community sites offer the latest technologies including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT).
The institution was ranked 12th by U.S. News & World Report and received $154 million in federal funding in 2007.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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