Finding the Best Mesothelioma Doctor
Each type of mesothelioma is treated differently. When seeking treatment, it’s important to work with a doctor who specializes in your exact diagnosis.
While mesothelioma doctors specialize in the disease itself, they may also choose specific sub-specializations that fall within the broader field of mesothelioma research. When seeking treatment, you should work with a doctor who specializes in the type of mesothelioma you have.
Most mesothelioma doctors specialize by location type:
Many mesothelioma doctors also specialize by stage, working best with a specific type of mesothelioma when it’s in particular stages. Mesothelioma in its early stages requires a very different approach than mesothelioma in its later stages, acting like entirely distinct diseases. For example, surgery is a common treatment approach in the earlier stages, while chemotherapy remains the primary option in later stages.
You should confirm that any prospective mesothelioma doctor is experienced in your mesothelioma location, cell type and stage before developing a treatment plan.
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Seeing the Right Mesothelioma Specialist
It’s crucial for mesothelioma patients to see a doctor who specializes in their mesothelioma type and stage to have the best possible chance of success.
Pleural Mesothelioma Specialists
Pleural mesothelioma specialists specialize in surgically removing cancerous tumors from the lining of the lungs and chest. They are typically thoracic surgeons, but not all thoracic surgical oncologists have the expertise required to perform intricate surgeries needed to treat pleural mesothelioma.
Fortunately, mesothelioma patients can choose between several highly qualified pleural mesothelioma specialists within the United States.
Dr. Robert Cameron
Dr. Robert Cameron pioneered the pleurectomy with decortication (P/D) surgical technique. He is also the founder and director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and co-founder of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Dr. Cameron is highly respected within the mesothelioma community, teaching other surgeons how to treat mesothelioma effectively.
Visit the UCLA Health website to learn more about Dr. Robert Cameron.
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The Mesothelioma Justice Network has no affiliation with and is not endorsed or sponsored by Dr. Robert B. Cameron. The contact information above is listed for informational purposes only. You have the right to contact Dr. Cameron directly.
Dr. Avi Lebenthal
Dr. Avi Lebenthal is a pleural mesothelioma specialist who aids veterans. He currently works out of the Boston VA Health Care System in Boston and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. As a veteran of the Israeli Army, Dr. Avi Lebenthal is uniquely positioned to understand the specific needs of veterans with mesothelioma and is highly respected by his patients and the entire mesothelioma research community.
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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Specialists
Peritoneal mesothelioma specialists focus on surgically removing mesothelioma from the abdomen lining. Peritoneal mesothelioma surgeons have a highly involved knowledge of peritoneal malignancies, which allows them to correctly identify different peritoneal cancers and effectively treat peritoneal mesothelioma.
Dr. Paul Sugarbaker
Dr. Paul Sugarbaker revolutionized the landscape of peritoneal mesothelioma treatment and is considered one of the nation’s most talented gastrointestinal surgeons. Dr. Paul Sugarbaker pioneered the use of cytoreduction with HIPEC, also known as “the Sugarbaker Technique,” to treat peritoneal mesothelioma. The Sugarbaker Technique has proved to be incredibly successful, yielding an average 5-year patient survival rate.
Pericardial Mesothelioma Specialists
Pericardial mesothelioma doctors focus on surgically removing mesothelioma tumors from the lining of the heart. Heart surgeries require highly skilled surgeons who know how to use the latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques.
Only a small handful of surgeons have the expertise necessary to perform medical diagnosis and treatment for pericardial mesothelioma patients. A few of the nation’s top pleural mesothelioma specialists are also trained cardiac surgeons, able to perform surgeries to treat pericardial mesothelioma.