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Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

A Guide to The Top Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

Cancer is one of the biggest challenges facing the medical community, and malignant mesothelioma is one of the toughest forms of cancer to treat. Where other types of cancer affect a single organ and can have a variety of causes, mesothelioma can impact several different organs within the body that share a similar cell type, and has only one cause. Malignant mesothelioma impacts mesothelial cells, which can be found in the lining tissues of the pleural cavity, the peritoneal cavity, the pericardial cavity and even the cavity that surrounds the testes. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, and is one of the rarest forms of cancer known – it is diagnosed in just 3,500 people per year. Mesothelioma is always considered to be fatal, but as researchers and physicians have learned more about it, they have devised better treatment protocols that offer better quality of life and prognosis.

For those who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the greatest hope for extended survival comes with treatment at one of the nation’s top mesothelioma cancer centers. They are located throughout the United States, as well as around the world. Most of the best places to seek treatment are research centers where oncologists, scientists, geneticists and pathologists are working collaboratively to cure all types of cancer.

In the United States, we are fortunate to have hundreds of medical facilities and hospitals with dedicated cancer treatment and research centers. Many of these also offer state-of-the-art mesothelioma treatments. Patients who receive care at these centers get the benefit of innovative protocols that apply modalities that have already been proven to extend survival time, as well as introducing groundbreaking therapies that are still being studied but which hold great promise. More research is investigating the impact of additional treatments, as well as studying the epidemiology and molecular makeup of the disease. At this time, the treatments that have proven to be most effective for those suffering from malignant mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In some cases, patients are also offered hormone therapy and immunotherapy treatments.

Though all of the mesothelioma treatment centers in the United States are offering excellent care, some of distinguished themselves for their expertise and research. According to U. S. News & World Report, the top five cancer treatment centers in the United States are:

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas
Better known as the MD Anderson Cancer Center, this specialized cancer treatment center was first established in 1941. In 1971, it was one of the three facilities established as a comprehensive cancer care center by the National Cancer Act of 1971. Today it is staffed by 19,000 employees and is part of the Baylor University School of Medicine as well as the University of Texas Health Science Center. M.D. Anderson boasts an international reputation for its research and academics as well as for its treatment center. The hospital was named for a famous Texas, Monroe Dunaway Anderson, who made his fortune in cotton. Since its establishment the hospital has treated over 900,000 cancer patients, with over 115,000 treated in 2012. The hospital has 616 beds in its main facility, but it also has additional off-campus locations in the Houston area as well as foreign affiliations and locations in other regions of the United States.

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering was originally established in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital, and since then it has grown into a 470-bed treatment facility as well as a world-renowned research center and academic facility. Those two specialty areas are represented in different divisions: inpatient and outpatient care are provided through the Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, while research is pursued through the Sloan-Kettering Institute. In addition to inpatient and outpatient cancer services, Memorial Sloan Kettering is also home to a 13-bed Urgent Care Center, a dedicated facility that offers radiation oncology services to both adults and pediatric patients, and a chemotherapy facility. Based in Manhattan, the hospital sees roughly 24,000 patients per year and performs over 19,000 surgeries per year.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland
Johns Hopkins was established over 125 years ago in 1889, and has grown into one of the world’s leading cancer centers. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, today it boasts a campus with over 20 separate buildings that treat both adult and pediatric cancer patients. The hospital has over 900 beds and is staffed by over 1,700 doctors and 30,000 additional employees. Though Johns Hopkins is recognized for its excellence in all types of medical care, its dedication to cancer research and treatment has been rewarded by being ranked the third in the nation for cancer care, and is illustrated by the existence of four separate cancer departments: The Cancer Risk Assessment program, the Cancer Immunology Center, the Cancer Pain Management program and the Cancer and Palliative Care center. All four of these areas are under the purview of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mesothelioma patients receive specialized treatment through the Center’s Geriatric Oncology Program.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
The Mayo Clinic was established in 1889 by Dr. William Mayo, and was the first nonprofit medical group in the United States. Today it continues providing comprehensive, high-quality medical care, and is the largest non-profit health care provider and medical research group in the country. In addition to its 1,132-bed mai campus, the Mayo Clinic also has locations in Rochester, New York, Scottsdale, Arizona and Jacksonville, Florida. It also operates the Mayo Clinic Health System, which provides a network of clinics and hospitals that serve patients in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic’s Department of Oncology is renowned for its expertise in both diagnosing and treating all types of cancer including mesothelioma and lung cancer, as well as for its collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts
Though the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is small with just 30 beds, this specialized cancer treatment center is identified as one of the National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Affiliated with both Harvard University Medical School and working in collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, it operates the renowned International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) that was founded by Dr. David Sugarbaker. Of the roughly 2,000 mesothelioma patients who are treated in the United States each year, about 300 of them go to Dana Farber, which is an indication of the level of support and expertise in treatment that they provide.

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