Top Cancer Hospitals for Mesothelioma Treatment

Specialized mesothelioma treatment centers are found throughout the United States. They have specialists who know how to treat this complex cancer. They also host clinical trials and lead research efforts to work towards a cure.

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Notable Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

It takes cutting-edge technology, innovative research and a multidisciplinary team of doctors who have dedicated part of their career to mesothelioma to be considered a specialty mesothelioma treatment center.

Cancer centers that specialize in mesothelioma are among the best health facilities in the world.

According to the 2017 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer, several mesothelioma cancer centers made the national list. These include programs at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic and UCLA Medical Center.

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.

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Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore

Mercy Medical Center

345 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

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UPMC Altoona Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Altoona Hillman Cancer Center

620 Howard Ave. Altoona, PA 16601

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Florida Hospital Celebration Health

Florida Hospital Celebration Health

400 Celebration Pl, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA

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Maimonides Medical Center

4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219

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Jupiter Medical Center

Jupiter Medical Center

1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy Jupiter, FL 33458

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Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai

Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai

8700 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

540 W Pueblo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

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Providence Cancer Center

Providence Cancer Center

3200 Providence Drive Anchorage, AK 99508

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Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

4018 W. Capitol Ave. Little Rock, AR 72205

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

825 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109

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VA West Los Angeles Medical Center

11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90073

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Mayo Clinic Arizona

Mayo Clinic Arizona

13400 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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Arizona Cancer Center

Arizona Cancer Center

3838 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Stanford Cancer Institute

Stanford Cancer Institute

875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford CA 94305

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UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

3855 Health Sciences Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

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Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

10833 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024

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The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center

1665 Aurora Court, Aurora, CO 80045

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Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE, 19713

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The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

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UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health

UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health

1400 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32806

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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

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Winship Cancer Institute - Emory

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

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Augusta University Cancer Center

Augusta University Cancer Center

1411 Laney Walker Blvd. Augusta, GA 30912

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University of Chicago Cancer Center

University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

5841 S Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

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Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL 60153

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Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

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Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital

195 Fore River Parkway Portland, ME 04102

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Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

100 Campus Drive Scarborough ME 04074

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University of Maryland Cancer Center

University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center

22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215

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VA Boston Healthcare System

VA Boston Healthcare System

1400 VFW Parkway West Roxbury, MA 02132

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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201

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Van Elslander Cancer Center

Van Elslander Cancer Center

19229 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

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University of Michigan MC

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Beaumont Cancer Center

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073

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Mayo Clinic Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Minnesota

200 First Street SW Rochester, MN 55905

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Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza St Louis, MO 63110

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Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Center

3730 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, 89169

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Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, NJ 08903

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NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center

550 First Ave. New York, NY 10016

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Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital

1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

120 Carlton St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

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Duke Cancer Center

20 Duke Medicine Circle Durham, NC 27710

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Clevland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute

2049 East 100th Street, Cleveland, OH 44195

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OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239

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Allegheny General Hospital

Allegheny General Hospital

320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center

333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111

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Abramson Cancer Center

Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center

3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

2220 Pierce Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232

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Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

6620 Main Street Suite 1325 Houston, TX 77030

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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030

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Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

3500 Gaston Ave. Dallas, TX 75246-2017

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UT Southwestern Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390

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Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center

1101 Madison Street Seattle, WA 98104

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Froedtert Hospital

Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit Street, Cox 2, Boston, MA 02114

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Top Treatment Centers for Pleural Mesothelioma

A team of experts and a focus on clinical research is necessary to properly treat pleural mesothelioma. The following cancer centers feature some of the nation’s leading experts in pleural mesothelioma. They provide patient-focused care and sponsor the latest mesothelioma clinical trials.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115

  • Home to the world-renowned International Mesothelioma Program.
  • Leader in the latest clinical trials for mesothelioma.
  • Partners with Harvard Medical School to promote research and medical advancements.
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Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

10833 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024

  • Considered the best cancer center in the western U.S. and among the top three in the nation.
  • Home to mesothelioma expert Dr. Robert Cameron, who pioneered the P/D surgery.
  • The UCLA Lung Cancer Program is one of seven to receive the NCI's prestigious SPORE grant.
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Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

6620 Main Street Suite 1325 Houston, TX 77030

  • Inaugural director was the late Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma pioneer.
  • Leader in genetic research and development of medical technologies.
  • A designated NCI facility that offers multidisciplinary care.
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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030

  • Voted No. 1 cancer center in the nation numerous times by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Home to several mesothelioma experts, including Drs. Anne Tsao and David Rice.
  • An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that hosts more clinical trials than most hospitals.
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The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

  • Opened the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center in 2012.
  • Home to the latest technology in cancer care, including heated chemotherapy.
  • Offers multidisciplinary care and unique mesothelioma clinical trials.
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University of Chicago Cancer Center

University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

5841 S Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

  • The most effective chemotherapy regimen for pleural mesothelioma was discovered here in 2003.
  • Its mesothelioma program has contributed to innovative research for more than 20 years.
  • Home to mesothelioma expert Dr. Hedy Kindler, who directs the mesothelioma program.
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Top Treatment Centers for Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The facilities on this list offer the life-extending hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure combined with surgery. It revolutionized standard of care for people with peritoneal mesothelioma. Not all cancer centers have the equipment to perform this procedure. Half of patients who qualify for this treatment strategy live longer than five years.

Washington (D.C.) Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center

Washington (D.C.) Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving Street, NW Washington, DC 20010

  • Home to the world’s leading expert on peritoneal mesothelioma Dr. Paul Sugarbaker.
  • Sugarbaker pioneered the HIPEC procedure here.
  • The Peritoneal Surface Malignancies Program has treated mesothelioma patients since 1993.
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Ochsner Cancer Institute

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

  • The most advanced cancer center in the Gulf South region.
  • Enjoys a long-standing research partnership with the nearby LSU Health Sciences Center.
  • Offers the latest therapies, such as HIPEC, along with multidisciplinary care.
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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  • One of the nation’s top centers for clinical trial research.
  • Home to peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon and researcher Dr. James Pingpank.
  • Consistently named one of the best cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
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UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

3855 Health Sciences Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

  • Recipient of numerous awards, high safety ratings and ranked among the best cancer centers in the nation.
  • Home to peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon Dr. Joel Baumgartner.
  • Moores’ HIPEC Center is the largest of its kind on the West Coast.
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Van Elslander Cancer Center

Van Elslander Cancer Center

19229 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

  • Home to peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon Dr. Richard Berri.
  • Berri is the director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program.
  • Offers integrative oncology in addition to multidisciplinary care.
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Importance of Choosing a Mesothelioma Specialty Center

The rarity of mesothelioma in comparison to many other cancers is what makes a specialist so hard to find. Around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. Most doctors rarely see it and don’t understand it fully. A mesothelioma-focused specialist does.

These centers also offer a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. This means a team of doctors specializing in different areas of medicine meet regularly to discuss your care. Oncologists at these centers collaborate with other specialists, such as surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and palliative care doctors. This allows them to offer the most comprehensive cancer care possible.

Mesothelioma Is Often Misdiagnosed

Too often with mesothelioma, patients are initially misdiagnosed. They begin treatment for a surface-level symptom or a problem they don’t have. Many of the first symptoms of mesothelioma mimic and can be confused with less serious illnesses. This is why an individual’s history of asbestos exposure should be communicated early to a physician who understands it.

Mesothelioma Requires Specialized Treatment

Surgeries, chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments can be part of a multimodal treatment approach. The best treatments today for this cancer are specialized. It is 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. Specialized treatment centers are extending more lives beyond that prognosis.

The Right Care Can Extend Your Life

Some people live 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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Mesothelioma should be treated by an oncologist. However, not all cancer doctors are mesothelioma specialists. It is important to work with a doctor with experience treating asbestos-related cancers.

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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 and radiation therapy are the most common treatments. Asbestos-related cancers have no cure. Doctors often point patients to emerging therapies and clinical trials for the latest treatments such as immunotherapy. Mesothelioma cancer centers tend to offer more mesothelioma clinical trials than other facilities.

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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. The cost of traveling to a specialized cancer center is a major concern for many families. According to a November 2016 study, Medicare patients without supplemental health insurance spend 23 percent of their income on cancer care.

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VA Hospitals and Mesothelioma Treatment

Many veterans were exposed to asbestos during their time in the military and later developed related diseases. 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 to choose from that specialize in mesothelioma treatment.

Once in the VA health care system, a veteran can seek treatment anywhere in the country. They only need a referral to receive specialized care.

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

“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.”

Surgeon at VA Boston Healthcare System and former Israeli infantry commander

Lebenthal specializes in 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 lawsuits in this country are filed by veterans — he has encouraged all veterans with the disease to find him.

The mesothelioma program in Boston often can arrange free or discounted housing. For many veterans, the biggest cost is the travel. 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.”

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Last Modified September 25, 2018

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Karen Selby joined Asbestos.com in 2009. She is a registered nurse with a background in oncology and thoracic surgery and was the regional director of a tissue bank before becoming a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. Karen has assisted surgeons with thoracic surgeries such as lung resections, lung transplants, pneumonectomies, pleurectomies and wedge resections. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.

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