Dr. Carol Sherman, thoracic oncologist

Carol Sherman M.D.

About Carol Sherman

Dr. Carol Sherman, thoracic oncologist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Hollings Cancer Center, has been seeing more cases of pleural mesothelioma recently than ever before.

Get in touch


Board Certified icon

Board Certified in Medical Oncology

Pleural and Lung Cancer icon

Pleural and Lung Cancer

20+ Years of Experience icon

20+ Years of Experience

The staff is well equipped with surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists and medical oncologists with experience in handling this rare cancer, but the uptick in cases is puzzling.

More About

Carol Sherman M.D.


Thoracic malignancies

Medical Treatment Center

Hollings Cancer Center at the University of South Carolina


Get in touch

Mesothelioma is caused typically by an exposure to asbestos, whose use has been dramatically reduced in recent decades. An estimated 3,000 cases still are diagnosed annually in the United States, a number that stubbornly has refused to fall.

“We’re seeing more of it lately here,” Sherman said. “It’s good that they are coming to see us early because we can help these patients better. We’re getting referrals now.”

Sherman has been at Hollings since 1998 where she first served as medical director for 10 years. She also has served as division of hematology/oncology interim chief for three years. She now works as a medical oncologist, taking a leading role in mesothelioma cases.

“It’s important for these patients from the outset to find a center like ours that can handle this cancer,” she said. “Too many times, we see a patient who has been misdiagnosed, or mistreated originally. It’s harder to do the right thing for a patient if the wrong thing was done before you meet them.”

Get the Best Treatment

Get help connecting with top thoracic oncologist Dr. Sherman and find the treatment that's best for you.

Get Started Today

Sherman is part of a multidisciplinary team at Hollings that meets weekly to discuss its thoracic cancer cases. The number of lung cancer cases dwarf that of mesothelioma, but every case receives is discussed extensively, making sure the right decisions are made.

In addition to Sherman, the mesothelioma team includes thoracic surgeons Drs. Chad Denlinger and Jacob Klapper; radiation oncologist Dr. Anand Sharma; pulmonologists Drs. Nick Pastis and Nichole Tanner; and oncologist Dr. John Wrangle.

Many of their mesothelioma patients will be receiving a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that is discussed at a tumor board meeting, and then discussed thoroughly with the patient and family.

Extra Attention When Communicating with Patients

Quick Fact

Sherman previously served as medical director at Hollings for 10 years.

“We sit down with our patients and explain the diagnosis, and what the treatment options are. It’s a positive conversation,” she said. “We’re honest with patients, and I think people appreciate that. People just want to know what you are going to do, what you’re not going to do, and why you’re going to do it. We take the time to discuss everything.”

Sherman said that their surgical team has moved away from the aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), but favors the lung-sparing pleurectomy-decortication surgery when appropriate.

“The data is just not there anymore to support doing the EPP,” she said.

MUSC will be opening a mesothelioma clinical trial in 2016, which she will help coordinate. She has served as principle investigator for several clinical trials in the past at MUSC, many of which focused on lung cancer.

“I’ve always thought it was important for patients to look at enrolling in a clinical trial. It’s a way to get access to cutting edge therapy,” she said. “Patients today are more aware of that than before. They can get the latest drugs before the rest of the world does.”

Schooled in Massachusetts

Sherman graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and did both a residency and fellowship there before opening her practice in the area. She came to Hollings in 1997.

“I love working here and the group I work with,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve seen it grow into a special place. I’ve had different roles through the years, but taking care of patients is the most important part of my job.”

She treats a variety of thoracic malignancies, focusing much of her time with lung cancer, some of which was caused by asbestos exposure.

“We have a strong team here, and that’s what it takes to give patients the best possible care,” she said. “With the level of expertise we have here, patients don’t have to travel outside the area to get great care.”

Disclaimer: Dr. Carol Sherman has no professional affiliation with Asbestos.com.

Locate the Best Mesothelioma Doctor for You

Find a Specialist
Asbestos.com Mesothelioma Packet

Learn All About Mesothelioma Treatment

Order Your Free Guide

Find a Clinical Trial Near You

Get Help Now

Did this article help you?

Did this article help you?

Thank you for your feedback. Would you like to speak with a Patient Advocate?

Tim Povtak, Senior Content Writer at Asbestos.com

Tim Povtak is an award-winning writer with more than 30 years of reporting national and international news. His specialty is interviewing top mesothelioma specialists and researchers, reporting the latest news at mesothelioma cancer centers and talking with survivors and caregivers. Read More

Last Modified March 1, 2018
  1. MUSCHealth.org. (n.d.). Carol A. Sherman, M.D. Retrieved from: http://www.muschealth.org/ProviderDirectory/Sherman-Carol
Carol Sherman
Get Help Contacting Carol Sherman
Get Your Free Mesothelioma Guide Chat live with a patient advocate now loading spinner