Mesothelioma Treatment by State

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Certain states have earned a strong reputation for excellent mesothelioma treatment. California and New York feature some of the most sought-after mesothelioma surgeons, while Florida and Illinois feature innovative programs for radiation therapy, immunotherapy and clinical trial research.

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Patients and families facing a mesothelioma diagnosis wonder where they should go to access the best treatment. The answer depends on several factors, including whether the patient has pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma, the cancer’s stage and even its cell type.

Several cancer centers throughout the U.S. feature doctors who specialize in different treatment modalities for mesothelioma, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

These teams collaborate to offer multidisciplinary treatment that fights mesothelioma in multiple ways, giving patients the best chance at long-term survival.

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Frederick Regional Health System

Frederick Regional Health System

400 West Seventh St., Frederick, Maryland, 21701

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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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AdventHealth Celebration

AdventHealth Celebration

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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AdventHealth Cancer Institute Orlando

AdventHealth Orlando

2501 North Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32804

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Cancer Care Northwest

Cancer Care Northwest

101 W. 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204

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Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cleveland Clinic Florida

2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., Weston, FL 33331

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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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Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Kalispell Regional Medical Center

310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901

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Regions Hospital Cancer Center

Regions Hospital Cancer Center

640 Jackson St., St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

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Beaumont Cancer Institute

Beaumont Cancer Institute

3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073

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Tennessee Oncology, mesothelioma treatment center

Tennessee Oncology

250 25th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

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Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health

8900 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176

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Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center

800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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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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Augusta University Cancer Center

Augusta University Cancer Center

1411 Laney Walker Blvd. Augusta, GA 30912

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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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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 Comprehensive Cancer Center

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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Mesothelioma Treatment by Region

East

Eastern states, particularly New York and New Jersey, have higher rates of mesothelioma because of the region’s rich industrial and manufacturing history. There’s a higher concentration of mesothelioma doctors and treatment centers in this region to meet the medical needs of those affected by asbestos-related diseases.

New York is home to several mesothelioma specialty centers such as Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Raja Flores at Mount Sinai is a thoracic surgeon and pleural mesothelioma specialist who has dedicated part of his career to helping 9/11 first responders coping with asbestos-related diseases.

Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma are close to the world’s most renowned surgeon for the abdominal cancer, Dr. Paul Sugarbaker at the Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C.

Sugarbaker innovated the most effective procedure for peritoneal mesothelioma, which combines cytoreductive surgery with heated chemotherapy.

West

Western states have a relatively high incidence of mesothelioma because of environmental exposure that happened near natural deposits of asbestos and occupational exposure that took place in shipyards and other industrial job sites.

California is home to one of the world’s most renowned mesothelioma surgeons and several of the nation’s top-rated mesothelioma treatment centers, including Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara and the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

Dr. Robert Cameron of UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center pioneered a lung-sparing surgery for early-stage pleural mesothelioma that has become the most popular procedure for patients diagnosed early enough to qualify for it.

Central

Rates of mesothelioma are generally lower in the central region. However, certain states, such as Illinois, have higher rates of mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure that happened in factories and manufacturing plants.

Mesothelioma patients in this region have access to some of the most innovative clinical trials for the disease at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. The facility is home to Dr. Hedy Kindler, who treats pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has several thoracic surgeons who specialize in mesothelioma, and the center participates in numerous clinical trials for the disease.

South

Rates of mesothelioma in the South are lower compared to other regions, with the exception of Florida.

Florida ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths, largely because of its retirement population. For this reason, many of the South’s best mesothelioma doctors and treatment centers are located in Florida.

Patients with pleural mesothelioma turn to the highly trained and experienced thoracic surgeon Dr. Jacques Fontaine at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Fontaine is regularly asked to provide his expertise in the development of new mesothelioma treatments such as Tumor Treating Fields.

Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma may access the most effective treatment for the disease — cytoreductive surgery with heated chemotherapy — at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami. Dr. Mecker Moller, a surgical oncologist who specializes in peritoneal mesothelioma, was the first surgeon to perform the procedure in South Florida.

Sugarbaker Legacy Lives on Throughout the US

Known as “Mr. Mesothelioma,” Dr. David Sugarbaker dedicated his medical career to developing and advancing treatment for the asbestos-related cancer. A pioneer in the field, he developed the extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery for pleural mesothelioma, and even invented a specialized walker for patients recovering from surgery.

Sugarbaker passed his skills and knowledge to other thoracic surgeons looking to specialize in pleural mesothelioma. Some of the surgeons throughout the U.S. who trained under Sugarbaker include:

  • Dr. Abraham Lebenthal at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston

  • Dr. Alexander Farivar at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle

  • Dr. David P. Mason at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas

  • Dr. Jacques Fontaine at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida

  • Dr. Marcelo DaSilva at AdventHealth Orlando in Florida

  • Dr. Nestor Villamizar at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami

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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.

Walter Pacheco, Managing Editor at Asbestos.com
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