Top Radiation Oncologists for Mesothelioma

Kenneth Rosenzweig
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig is a radiation oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He specializes in radiation therapy for pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer, and he works with other mesothelioma experts to provide multimodal therapy that combines radiation with chemotherapy and surgery.

Charles B. Simone
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Charles B. Simone is the chief medical officer for the New York Proton Center in New York City, which is the only facility in the state that offers proton radiation therapy. Simone specializes in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer using proton radiation therapy.

Jennifer Bellon
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Jennifer Bellon is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Breast Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She specializes in radiation oncology for thoracic cancers including breast cancer, lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma.

Craig W. Stevens
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Craig Stevens is the department chair for radiation oncology at the Beaumont Cancer Center in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he helped build a mesothelioma treatment program. He is a pioneer in the development of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, and he leads clinical trials testing new drugs and radiation techniques.

Ramesh Rengan
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Ramesh Rengan is the medical director of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center. He specializes in radiation oncology for pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. Rengan works closely with a team of mesothelioma experts to provide multimodal therapy to mesothelioma patients.

Robert C. Miller
Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director

Dr. Robert C. Miller is a radiation oncologist and the medical director of the innovative Maryland Proton Treatment Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He has contributed greatly to radiation oncology research as a principal investigator overseeing clinical trials and as an author of more than 175 peer-reviewed papers.

Amin J. Mirhadi
Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Amin J. Mirhadi is a radiation oncologist who treats pleural mesothelioma patients at Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles. He works on a multidisciplinary team within the center’s Mesothelioma Program providing radiation as part of a multimodal therapy plan.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncology is one of the three main specialties of oncology. The other two are surgical and medical oncology.

Radiation oncologists work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary cancer care team. This includes other oncologists, oncology nurses, pathologists and diagnostic radiologists.

Radiation therapy is a common treatment option for people diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. It is typically combined with surgery and chemotherapy as part of a multimodal treatment plan.

As with surgical and medical oncologists, radiation oncologists can specialize in treating certain cancers. They also routinely lead clinical trials to find new and improved treatments for mesothelioma, such as a 2021 study that concluded prophylactic irradiation could prevent metastasis after a chest wall procedure.

Pleural mesothelioma patients should receive radiation therapy from an oncologist with experience treating this rare cancer. This includes thoracic radiologists who work for mesothelioma cancer centers.

Meeting with a Radiation Oncologist

Before a mesothelioma patient receives radiation therapy, they will go through an initial consultation with a radiation oncologist.

The radiation oncologist will discuss the best approach for your case. The most common type of radiation therapy for mesothelioma is intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This is a form of external-beam radiation therapy.

IMRT uses specialized equipment to aim high-energy X-rays at mesothelioma tumors. A linear accelerator moves around a patient’s body to attack the cancer from multiple angles with varying levels of intensity.

This type of radiation therapy is considered safer for pleural mesothelioma patients because it is tailored to the exact size and shape of the tumor site. Older forms of radiation therapy carry a higher risk of damaging the heart and lungs.

IMRT is one of the most sophisticated forms of radiation therapy. It takes an experienced radiation oncologist and a specialized radiation treatment center to administer it.

A radiation oncologist will explain how often treatments will be given — typically five times a week over a five- or six-week period — and what to expect from the treatment.

Once treatment ends, mesothelioma patients will have follow-up appointments where their radiation oncologist will monitor their recovery and watch for side effects.

If radiation therapy is given after surgery or in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation oncologists will report how well the treatment is working to a patient’s medical or surgical oncologist.

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Training for Radiation Oncologists

In the U.S., radiation oncologists undergo four years of residency after completing a one-year internship.

After completing this residency, radiation oncologists are able to treat adult and pediatric cancer patients. Additional radiation oncology fellowships include image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and brachytherapy.

Specialization of radiation oncologists — such as thoracic radiology — is based on job availability and research interests.

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