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Working With Our Health Care Partners

The Medical Outreach team of The Mesothelioma Center at builds relationships with a network of premiere mesothelioma specialists and treatment facilities.Medical Outreach Director Missy Miller and Medical Outreach Liaison Jose Ortiz travel across the United States to personally connect with professionals at top mesothelioma centers.

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Partnering with our Medical Outreach program drives more patients to mesothelioma centers and increases the exposure of mesothelioma experts. We have established a professional, credible network and source of trust with many health care providers, which has allowed us to assist countless patients diagnosed with this illness. 

Our goal is to provide patients and their loved ones with free access to information, services and support through effective advocacy, which helps them overcome the disease and live longer, healthier lives.

We help the following types of health care professionals:
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurses
  • Patient navigators
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Social workers
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Thoracic surgeons

Meet Our Medical Outreach Team

Missy Miller
Medical Outreach Director
Missy Miller has connected mesothelioma patients with top doctors since 2010. Through the partnerships she has built across the U.S., Miller makes sure every patient is seeing the right professionals to improve their prognosis. She guides families on where to turn for medical, financial and emotional support.
Jose Ortiz
Medical Outreach Liaison
Jose Ortiz travels throughout the country to meet world-class physicians who help patients affected by mesothelioma. Since 2013, Ortiz has built partnerships with the nation’s best mesothelioma specialists. He hosts webinars with industry professionals, attends symposiums and is a VA-accredited claims agent.

How We’ve Helped Our Partners

An immense thank you! Your support has made an impact on AONN+ as you share resources and information to help enhance patient care. The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators appreciates your time and dedication!
Sharon Gentry
The Mesothelioma Center has been extremely helpful to us in the weeks since a family member’s mesothelioma diagnosis. They’ve helped as we evaluate hospice providers and navigate legal issues. I highly recommend them.
family member of a mesothelioma patient

How Medical Outreach Helps Patients

Our Medical Outreach team helps patients apply for grants, Social Security Disability Insurance and VA benefits. They also answer health insurance questions and assist with insurance issues and appeals. 

They help patients modify insurance plans for better coverage and assist them in finding supplemental insurance to cover the 20% of out-of-pocket expenses Medicare does not cover.

The team sends a customized information packet to patients. It contains a medical record organizer, mesothelioma books, a checklist of all the resources available to them and more.

These resources help patients understand their options for treatment and how to pay for it. Cancer treatment is expensive, and there are ways people diagnosed with mesothelioma can access compensation. Lawsuits, asbestos trust funds and VA benefits help families afford oncology care.

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Get Help Paying for Treatment
Get help paying for mesothelioma treatment by accessing trust funds, grants and other options.

Finding the Right Legal Team to Help Patients

We’ve built relationships with multiple top mesothelioma law firms, whereas others work solely with one firm. The goal is to find the right firm for each patient based upon the patient’s diagnosis and asbestos exposure background. 

Our team has more than 10 years of experience connecting patients with the best legal representation for their individual needs. We consider each person’s exposure history and the company responsible for the exposure. The state in which the patient resides or where the exposure occurred may also play a role.

Joining Our Doctor Match Program

Our outreach efforts helped us develop our Doctor Match program to benefit patients and mesothelioma specialists.

Benefits of the Doctor Match program for specialists:
  • The program connects patients to doctors and cancer centers specializing in mesothelioma treatment.
  • Partnering with our Medical Outreach program drives more patients to mesothelioma centers and increases the exposure of mesothelioma experts.

Newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients are unsure of where to turn for specialized medical care. Our Doctor Match program takes an overwhelming amount of research off the patient’s hands.

Benefits of the Doctor Match program for patients:
  • Connecting with doctors who can create the right treatment plan for your specific diagnosis.
  • Help scheduling your medical appointments.
  • Learning which clinical trials you might qualify for.
  • Quick treatment from a specialist, which offers the best chance to improve your prognosis.

We provide resources and support services for all mesothelioma patients. Using our professional experience and deep understanding of the disease, we strive to overcome barriers to treatment and access to resources.

Some examples of how we work with health care providers and their patients include help with insurance appeals and connecting patients with transportation services, travel plans, financial assistance, patient assistance, copays and support groups.

Sharing Expertise on

Our medical partners often become valued contributors to by sharing their experiences and insights with the mesothelioma community.

They contribute unique content and review the site to ensure it is medically accurate. They share their perspectives on clinical trials and new innovative treatments. These contributions increase their exposure in the mesothelioma community.