Top Cancer Hospitals for Mesothelioma Treatment

Cancer hospitals across the nation provide mesothelioma treatment and services for people diagnosed with this asbestos-related disease. They have specialists – surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and other doctors – who know the intricacies of this complex cancer.

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Mayo Clinic Arizona

Mayo Clinic Arizona

13400 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Arizona Cancer Center

Arizona Cancer Center

3838 North Campbell Avenue, Tuscon, AZ 85719
Stanford Cancer Institute

Stanford Cancer Institute

875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford CA 94305
The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

3855 Health Sciences Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

10833 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024
University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center

1665 Aurora Court, Aurora, CO 80045
Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE, 19713
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health

UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health

1400 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32806
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue (D-1), Miami, FL 33136
Winship Cancer Institute - Emory

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
Augusta University Cancer Center

Augusta University Cancer Center

1411 Laney Walker Blvd. Augusta, GA 30912
University of Chicago Cancer Center

University of Chicago Medicine

5841 S Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL 60153
Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121
Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital

195 Fore River Parkway Portland, ME 04102
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

100 Campus Drive Scarborough ME 04074
University of Maryland Cancer Center

University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215
VA Boston Healthcare System

West Roxbury VA Hospital

1400 VFW Parkway West Roxbury, MA 02132
Barbara Ann Karmanos CI

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201
Van Elslander Cancer Center

Van Elslander Cancer Center

19229 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
University of Michigan MC

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Beaumont Cancer Center

Beaumont Cancer Institute

3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Mayo Clinic Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Minnesota

200 First Street SW Rochester, MN 55905
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza St Louis, MO 63110
Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Center

3730 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, 89169
Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, NJ 08903
NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center

550 First Ave. New York, NY 10016
Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital

1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, New York 10029
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York 14263
Duke Cancer Institute

Duke Cancer Center

20 Duke Medicine Circle Durham, NC 27710
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

2049 East 100th Street, Cleveland, OH 44195
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239
Allegheny General Hospital

Allegheny General Hospital

320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
UPMC Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center

333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Abramson Cancer Center

Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center

3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

2220 Pierce Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232
Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

One Baylor Plaza BCM MS 390, Houston, TX 77030
University of Texas MD Anderson

Univeristy of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030
Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor Scott and White Health

6620 Main Street Suite 1325 Houston, TX 77030
UT Southwestern Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390
Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center

1101 Madison Street Seattle, WA 98104
Froedtert Hospital

Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Notable Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

Picking the right cancer treatment center might be the most important medical decision you can make. Don't take it lightly. Do your homework to find the best fit for you. Or you can lean on us for help, and we'll walk you through it:

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
UPMC Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center

333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111

How to Choose the Right Cancer Center

Research Top Doctors

Although mesothelioma is a particularly dangerous form of cancer, not all cancer doctors are mesothelioma specialists. And Asbestos.com makes it a priority to maintain a database of thoracic surgeons and other physicians who treat patients who have the various forms of mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis. Our Patient Advocates can help people find the right specialist.

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Decide on a Treatment Strategy

In general, the treatment for mesothelioma is much like the treatment for other cancers – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a combination of the three. Because asbestos cancers are so aggressive, doctors often point patients to emerging treatments and to clinical trials that may lead to cutting-edge treatments. We can help you sort through the various options.

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Consider Treatment Costs and Other Expenses

There's no getting around the fact that treating cancer is costly. Even with the best insurance plans, families can go through a financial crisis to make sure that loved ones get the prescribed treatments that could save lives or buy wanted time with family and friends. Our Patient Advocates can help you navigate the maze of doctor, insurance and treatment center issues and questions that will arise.

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Why a Choosing a Mesothelioma Specialty Center Is Important

Senior Writer Tim Povtak explains the relationship between specialty cancer centers and Asbestos.com.

The rarity of mesothelioma - only an estimated 3,000 Americans are diagnosed year - in comparison to many other cancers is what makes a specialist so important. Most doctors rarely see it and don't understand it fully. A specialist does.

Mesothelioma is Often Misdiagnosed

Too often with mesothelioma, patients are misdiagnosed initially and begin treatment for a problem they really don't have. Many of the first symptoms of mesothelioma are the same ones that often occur with less-serious illnesses. It's why an individual's history of possible asbestos exposure - the cause of mesothelioma - should be communicated early to a physician who understands it.

Mesothelioma Requires Specialized Treatment

Surgeries, chemotherapy drugs, radiation treatments - all part of a multimodality approach - can be different for mesothelioma. The best treatments today for this cancer are specialized and no longer a one-size-fits-all regimen. A decade ago, the prognosis for a mesothelioma patient usually meant six to 12 months to live. The specialized treatment centers today are extending lives beyond that grim prognosis.

The Right Care Can Extend Your Life

There are a growing number of people living for five years or more with the disease. Many of the specialized centers have patients who have lived for 10 years, and still are going strong with specialized proper care. Although no cure has been found, there is a belief that mesothelioma one day will be treated like a chronic illness.

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VA Hospitals and Mesothelioma Treatment

A higher percentage of veterans develop mesothelioma than the general public does, making veterans a group in need of treatment centers. Although their military history makes them eligible for treatment at VA hospitals, that doesn't mean there aren't choices to make. The VA has hospitals that specialize in mesothelioma treatment.

The trick is to know that fact. Once in the VA Healthcare system, a veteran can seek treatment anywhere in the country, needing only a referral to receive specialized care.

Avi Lebenthal

"The most important thing is, if a patient trusts me, if they believe in me. At the end of the day, we're going to a really big battle together. The stakes are pretty darn high. If you don't believe in the person you're going to battle with, if you're not comfortable with him, then you should go with someone else."

Abraham Lebenthal, M.D.
Surgeon at VA Boston Healthcare System and former Israeli infantry commander

Lebenthal specializes in both mesothelioma and veterans issues. His own military background plays a role in that interest. Because veterans are disproportionately affected - approximately one third of all mesothelioma cases in this country - he has encouraged all veterans with the disease to find him.

The mesothelioma program in Boston often can arrange free or discounted housing. The biggest cost is the travel, for many veterans, but there also are charitable organizations that can help.

"This is not a knock on anyone, but mesothelioma is so complex, and its care so specialized, that a patient really needs the best care in the world," Lebenthal said. "We're in a unique position to offer that."

Additional Resources


Karen Selby is a registered nurse and a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. She worked in several subspecialties within nursing before joining Asbestos.com in 2009.

  1. Kindler, H. (2012, February.) University of Chicago Medical Center. Phone interview with Hedy Kindler, M.D.
  2. Lebenthal, A. (2011, September.) Brigham and Women.s Hospital. Phone interview with Abraham Lebenthal, M.D.
  3. Alexander, R. (2011, October.) University of Maryland. Phone interview with Richard Alexander, M.D.

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