In the unfortunate circumstance of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the patient should absolutely be referred to a mesothelioma specialist. Most leading mesothelioma specialists have their clinical degree in thoracic oncology (which concentrates on lung, mid-section, and esophageal malignancies).
Mesothelioma doctors and specialists are knowledgeable in modern clinical trials, medicines and surgeries. With all of these options, they will be able to tailor a treatment plan specifically for each case as they are considered the experts at treating mesothelioma. It is also not uncommon for a patient’s treatment plan to encompass a team of professionals and multiple doctors in order the best possible treatment plan.
Mesothelioma Cancer Is Diversely Young
Current medical understanding of malignant mesothelioma is still in its infancy. Specialists recognize and have stated that research needs to be continued in the following areas:
- DNA and molecular damage
- Possible combination of asbestos and another cause
- The speed and warning signs
- Prognosis accuracy
- Information about how the disease spreads
- Better treatment options and control
There are several kinds of specialists in the medical field that are capable of specifically treating mesothelioma because their field of expertise overlaps between all of the mesothelioma treatment options available:
- Thoracic Surgeons (chest surgeon)
- Oncologists (cancer specialist)
- Pulmonologists (lung specialist)
- Chemotherapy and radiation specialists
Well Known Mesothelioma Specialists
As mentioned earlier, in most cases the best path for treatment is with a team of specialists that provide interdisciplinary care for mesothelioma patients. The best strategy for treating mesothelioma depends on the type and location(s). That being said, below is a list of the top mesothelioma specialists in the country, organized by the type of mesothelioma they specialize in.
- Dr. Bueno
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
- Dr. David Harpole, Jr.
Duke Cancer Institute
- Dr. Raffit Hassan
Center for Cancer Research/National Cancer Institute
- David Sugarbaker, M.D.
Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine
- Dr. David M. Jablons
UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
- Dr. Lary Robinson
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
- W. Charles Conway, M.D.
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Other Great Surgeons With Experience in Treating Mesothelioma
- Paul Sugarbaker, M.D.
Washington Cancer Institute
- Prashant Shah, M.D.
Fox Chase Cancer Center
There are additionally great treatment facilities around the country and some of which are Veterans Administration (VA) clinics. This is due in part to a huge rate of mesothelioma cases citing initial exposure from time in service. If the condition is not the consequence of asbestos exposure while serving in the military, it is best to discover a mesothelioma specialist that practices out of a non-VA surgical focus.
This guest post provided by www.TreatMesothelioma.org.