Mesothelioma International Treatment Program Offered at AdventHealth Celebration
The AdventHealth Celebration Cancer Institute now includes the expanded Mesothelioma International Treatment Program, led by renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Marcelo DaSilva.
This specialty program is a collaborative effort utilizing expertise from two Central Florida facilities, AdventHealth Orlando and AdventHealth Celebration.
“Two sites, two campuses and the best of both worlds,” said DaSilva, a mesothelioma specialist who will be performing surgery for patients at both facilities. “There is no other place with so many great options to help treat patients with mesothelioma.”
DaSilva had initially joined the AdventHealth Medical Group in 2019 at the Orlando location after a decade at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he trained under, and worked alongside, thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma specialist.
The multidisciplinary Mesothelioma International Treatment Program in Central Florida includes specialists in oncology, radiology, pathology, immunology and surgical oncology, making all options available to patients.
Innovative Approach to Health Care at AdventHealth Celebration
The resort-like AdventHealth Celebration Hospital is located in the community of Celebration, which was built by The Walt Disney Company in the shadow of Central Florida’s booming tourism industry.
It has been recognized for its innovative approach to health care, providing state-of-the-art medical technology with an upbeat look and a down-home feel. It opened in 1997.
“It doesn’t look, or feel, like a hospital,” DaSilva said. “It’s uplifting in itself. I’d say unique. When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s easy to be depressed. But you walk in here, you feel good. It’s easy for patients and families.”
The upscale atmosphere often gives patients an added sense of confidence in a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and healing.
AdventHealth Celebration has been recognized in the past for its technological breakthroughs, clinical innovations and groundbreaking solutions in fighting incurable diseases, including mesothelioma.
AdventHealth Celebration Excels at Robotic Surgery
AdventHealth Celebration is well known for its leadership in the use of robotic surgery, performing more than any other hospital in the country.
Robotics allows for more minimally invasive operations and shorter post-surgery recoveries. It involves tiny instruments controlled remotely by a surgeon at a nearby computer board.
Although robotics is not used for the most aggressive pleural mesothelioma surgeries, it can be used as a final diagnostic tool before surgery. It also is used for many of the other cancers being treated at AdventHealth Celebration.
The facility in Celebration is the site of a collaborative cancer research program that includes both AdventHealth and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Heading up the program is medical oncologist Dr. George Simon, who is part of the Mesothelioma International Treatment Program with DaSilva.
Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at AdventHealth Celebration
- A multicenter phase II clinical trial studying the effectiveness of using nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy) in combination for rare cancers such as mesothelioma.