Weitz & Luxenberg is now helping patients and clients connect with the top mesothelioma doctors in the United States.
In most cases, mesothelioma doctors are located in larger cities and are associated with top-notch universities and cancer research centers. Mesothelioma is typically treated by a team of doctors and surgeons, rather than by a single physician. You may encounter, for example, specialists called oncologists, thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists during the course of your mesothelioma treatment.
Oncologists. Generally, patients begin seeing an oncologist after receiving a referral from their family doctor or general physician. Oncologists are concerned with diagnosing the exact type of cancer a patient has, and developing a program designed to treat the type and stage of cancer effectively. Many oncologists specialize in certain types of cancer. There are dozens of mesothelioma-specialized oncologists across the country. Oncologists' specialties also break down across the categories of cancer treatment, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Thoracic surgeons. A thoracic surgeon specializes in performing surgery in the chest area. For a newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient, the thoracic surgeon may be asked to perform a biopsy to help diagnose the patient’s disease. Later, if the biopsy suggests that surgery is an appropriate treatment, a thoracic surgeon will perform the surgery.
Pulmonologists. A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the, lungs, heart, blood vessels and all organs that work together to help a person breathe. For a mesothelioma patient, shortness of breath is a frequent symptom. A pulmonologist would try to improve the patient’s lung function and minimize the effects of the disease. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), the two most important tests in diagnosing asbestos-related disease are pulmonary function tests and chest radiographs.
The following is a list of some of the most recognized mesothelioma doctors in the conutry. Many of them are involved in research and patient care, and are qualified to provide patients with the latest information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma clinical trials, and other particulars of this asbestos-related disease diagnosed in some 3,000 individuals every year in the United States.
Dr. H. Richard Alexander, Jr.
University of Maryland Medical Center
Greenebaum Cancer Center
22 S. Greene Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Dr. Veena B. Antony
Box 100225 (Room M454)
University of Florida Health Science Center
Gainesville, Fla. 32610-0225
Dr. Robert Cameron
P.O. Box 951741
Los Angeles, Calif. 90095-1741
Dr. Larry Kaiser
University of Pennsylvania Center for Lung Cancer & Related Disorders
University of Pennsylvania (4th Floor)
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
Dr. Brian Loggie
Creighton University Medical Center
601 N. 30th Street (Suite 3700)
Omaha, Neb. 68131
Dr. Harvey Pass
NYU School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center
530 First Avenue (9V)
New York, N.Y. 10016
Dr. Lary A. Robinson
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, Fla. 33612-9497
Dr. W. Roy Smythe
Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center
Scott & White Hospital and Clinic Department of Surgery
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, Texas 76501
Dr. David Sugarbaker
Brigham & Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, Mass. 02115
Dr. Robert Taub
College of Physicians and Surgeons
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Dr. Eric Vallieres
Swedish Cancer Institute
1221 Madison Street (Suite 400)
Seattle, Wash. 98104
Dr. Claire Verschraegen
Cancer Research and Treatment Center
University of New Mexico
900 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, N.M. 87131
Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang
Nevada Cancer Institute
10000 W.Charleston Blvd. (Suite 260)
Las Vegas, Nev. 89135
Dr. Paul Sugarbaker
Sugarbaker Oncology Associates, P.C.
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Dr. Valerie Rusch
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10021
Dr. David Jablons
Mt. Zion Medical Center/USCF
2330 Post Street (Suite 420)
San Francisco, Calif. 94143-1674
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