From the Experts

Discover the latest information about mesothelioma treatment, research and patient care written by top mesothelioma specialists from some of the best cancer centers across the nation. This unique collection also contains exclusive interviews from the oncologists, thoracic surgeons and researchers at the forefront of finding a cure for mesothelioma.

Most Common Questions I Hear as a Mesothelioma Specialist

Most Common Questions I Hear as a Mesothelioma Specialist

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Pettiford explains how he handles questions about life expectancy and treatment from patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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Using Robotics for Mesothelioma Surgery

Using Robotics for Mesothelioma Surgery

Robotic surgery is becoming an increasingly popular technique of fighting aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma. Dr. Farid Gharagozloo explains how.

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Behind the White Coat: A Look at Patient-Doctor Relationships

Behind the White Coat: A Look at Patient-Doctor Relationships

Dr. Jacques Fontaine has 11 years of experience in thoracic surgery. He shares his insight into the importance of mesothelioma patient-doctor relationships.

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Quinoa: Superfood for Mesothelioma Patients

Quinoa: Superfood for Mesothelioma Patients

Discover the benefits the tiny seeds provide patients with mesothelioma and learn how to add it to your diet.

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The Truth Behind 'Sugar Feeds Cancer’ Myth

The Truth Behind ‘Sugar Feeds Cancer’ Myth

While there's some truth to the 'sugar feeds cancer' myth, the key for mesothelioma patients is to moderate sugar consumption and eat more complex carbs.

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Boost Mesothelioma Recovery with the Power of Protein

Boost Mesothelioma Recovery with the Power of Protein

Mesothelioma patients undergoing treatment can benefit from a diet rich in protein, which promotes healing and helps fight off infection.

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3 Secret Foods to a Healthier, Cancer-Free You

3 Secret Foods to a Healthier, Cancer-Free You

Discover how the unused parts of broccoli, citrus fruits and even the garnishes on your plate can help prevent cancer.

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Fight Mesothelioma with a Diet Rich in Omega-3

Fight Mesothelioma with a Diet Rich in Omega-3

Discover how to fight mesothelioma and other cancers by incorporating wild salmon, tuna and other foods high in omega-3 in your diet.

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Give Thanks for the Healthful Benefits of Pumpkins

Give Thanks for the Healthful Benefits of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are not only delicious, they're also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that boost immune function and help cancer patients stay healthy.

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Healthy Fruits, Vegetables Reduce Your Mesothelioma Risk

Healthy Fruits, Vegetables Reduce Your Mesothelioma Risk

A recent CDC study found that most adults aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are proven to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.

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“It's important for patients with mesothelioma to see consultation for medical teams and centers who have a lot of experience with this rare disease”

Jacques Fontaine, M.D.

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Doctor Insights & Interviews

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David Sugarbaker, M.D.

David Sugarbaker, M.D.

Sugarbaker is director of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and is considered the gold standard in mesothelioma treatment. "Early in my career, [mesothelioma] was laid at my doorstep. And I took it as a challenge."

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Robert Cameron, M.D.

Robert Cameron, M.D.

Cameron, chief of thoracic surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, pioneered the pleurectomy/decortication procedure. "I really feel an obligation to my patients because there are so few people out there treating it correctly."

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Hedy Kindler, M.D.

Hedy Kindler, M.D.

Kindler is director of the Mesothelioma Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her research is lauded around the world. "Mesothelioma isn't lung cancer. To understand the subtleties of it, you need an expert."

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Raja Flores, M.D.

Raja Flores, M.D.

Flores is chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital under Sugarbaker. "At the end of the day, patients just want to feel like you did everything you possibly could for them. That you didn't leave any stone unturned."

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Daniel Sterman, M.D.

Daniel Sterman, M.D.

Sterman, clinical director of the Thoracic Oncology Gene Therapy Program at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, is principal investigator for several gene therapy trials on the verge of changing the face of mesothelioma treatment. "We don't have all the answers, but we're trying to find them."

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Richard Alexander, M.D.

Richard Alexander, M.D.

Alexander, surgical oncologist and clinical researcher, has thrived on novel therapies, tailoring his treatment regimens to individual patients. His reputation as an innovator is well-deserved. "I tell people to take the initiative to find out where to go for experienced and expert advice."

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Abraham Lebenthal, M.D.

Abraham Lebenthal, M.D.

Lebenthal is a thoracic surgeon who splits his time between Brigham and Women's Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is a veteran of the Israeli military. "I have a deep admiration and respect for people who served in the military. It's part of my background. As in war, we don't leave our brothers behind."

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Alexander Farivar, M.D.

Alexander Farivar, M.D.

Farivar, surgical director of pleural diseases at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, is regarded as one of the West Coast's youngest and brightest thoracic surgeons. "Part of treating people has to do with the mind, as well as the body. You can't fight an aggressive cancer like this unless you have the right mindset."

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Jacques Fontaine, M.D.

Jacques Fontaine, M.D.

Fontaine is one of America's brightest thoracic surgeons and an integral part of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center at the Moffitt Cancer Institute in Tampa. He speaks four languages. "I learned to think outside the box, which comes in helpful today, particularly with a cancer like mesothelioma."

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Tracey Weigel, M.D.

Tracey Weigel, M.D.

Weigel, division director of thoracic surgery at the Maine Medical Center, brings a decade of experience treating mesothelioma patients. She shows a strong commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. "I have a special interest in an aggressive, but safe surgical approach."

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Tejal Parekh

Tejal Parekh

Parekh, a registered and licensed dietitian in Florida, is passionate about food. She worked as an outpatient specialist in oncology nutrition at the UF Cancer Center of Orlando for six years and uses her knowledge to help mesothelioma patients “gain a better understanding of how powerful nutrition can be.”

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