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Last Updated: 03/07/2024
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Getting Treatment in Ohio

Mesothelioma treatment in Ohio is available at some of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the country. Ohio is home to NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers at Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.

Ohio ranks sixth in the country for asbestos-related deaths. The incidence of mesothelioma in Ohio is 0.6 new cases per 100,000 people — about average in the U.S. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo and other cities in Ohio have a long history of asbestos exposure in the manufacturing industry, so new cases of mesothelioma are expected to keep appearing for years to come.

The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com has worked with mesothelioma survivors and their families for more than 15 years. It has become the nation’s most trusted source for information about mesothelioma. In addition to information, The Mesothelioma Center provides assistance through patient advocates, support groups, webinars, VA claims and a Doctor Match program.

Top Mesothelioma Centers in Ohio

Finding a cancer treatment center in Ohio is easy, but you need to find one that is right for you. Finding the treatment that best suits your personal needs is important, but how do you choose which mesothelioma treatment center is right for you?

Consider these factors when choosing a cancer treatment center:
  • Is it accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer?
  • Is it a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center?
  • Does it provide palliative care in addition to surgical and oncology services?

The NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Ohio offer top-notch care by using the latest medical advances to diagnose and treat mesothelioma. The Case Cancer Center in Cleveland and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State in Columbus have some of the best cancer doctors in the country. They conduct groundbreaking research with other leading cancer centers around the world. Research and clinical trials to test new mesothelioma treatments are also taking place at Cleveland Clinic, one of the top hospitals in the U.S.

Ohio Doctors Who Treat Mesothelioma

Coping with mesothelioma is a very personal journey. It’s not a journey you take alone; you need a doctor who can meet your individual needs. There are plenty of highly skilled and qualified cancer doctors in Ohio. You need to find someone who is a good fit for you.

Consider these factors when you choose a mesothelioma doctor in Ohio:
  • Are they knowledgeable and confident?
  • Do they have experience with your type of mesothelioma?
  • Do they make you feel comfortable and respected?

Cancer treatment continues even in remission. You must build a good working relationship with your doctor. The two of you will work together as a team, so you need to find someone you feel you can stick with for the long haul.

Dr. David Carbone, Professor, Division of Medical Oncology

Columbus, Ohio

David Carbone

Pleural Specialist | Thoracic Oncology

Expertise: Lung Cancer Research

Languages: English

Dr. Kevin El-Hayek, peritoneal mesothelioma specialist

Cleveland, Ohio

Kevin El-Hayek

Peritoneal Specialist | Surgical Oncology

Expertise: HIPEC Minimally Invasive Surgery

Languages: English

Dr. Rod L. Flynn, surgical oncologist

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Rod L. Flynn

Peritoneal Specialist | Surgical Oncology

Expertise: Cytoreductive Surgery HIPEC

Languages: English

Dr. Nathan Pennell, mesothelioma oncologist

Cleveland, Ohio

Nathan Pennell

Pleural Specialist | Oncology

Expertise: Thoracic Malignancies Clinical Research

Languages: English

Dr. Sudish Murthy, pleural mesothelioma surgeon

Cleveland, Ohio

Sudish Murthy

Pleural Specialist | Thoracic Surgery

Expertise: Minimally Invasive Surgery Lung Transplantation

Languages: English

Dr. Syed Osman Ali, thoracic surgeon

Tampa, Florida

Syed Osman Ali

Pleural Specialist | Cardiothoracic Surgery

Expertise: Pleural and Lung Cancer Minimally Invasive Surgery

Languages: English

Dr. Gregory Otterson, thoracic oncologist

Columbus, Ohio

Gregory A. Otterson

Pleural Specialist | Thoracic Oncology

Expertise: Pleural Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Thymus Cancers

Languages: English

Dr. James Stevenson, medical oncologist

Cleveland, Ohio

James Stevenson

Pleural Specialist | Peritoneal Specialist | Thoracic Oncology

Expertise: Clinical Research

Languages: English

Clinical Trials and Cancer Research in Ohio

Clinical trials in Ohio are taking place at cancer centers and hospitals throughout the state. For example, researchers at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered that a compound in the spice turmeric has properties that may help treat — and even prevent — mesothelioma. Other centers and hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic, are conducting trials with the latest cancer immunotherapies for mesothelioma.

Participating in a clinical trial gives you access to cutting-edge mesothelioma treatments not available elsewhere. You and others with mesothelioma can benefit from the advances made through this research. If you are interested in participating in a mesothelioma clinical trial, The Mesothelioma Center can help you find a clinical trial that’s right for you.

Clinical Trial

This study is testing the addition of atezolizumab and bevacizumab immunotherapy to standard surgery or chemotherapy.

  • Condition: Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  • Intervention: Immunotherapy
  • Locations: Columbus, Texas
  • Recruiting: August 2021 – Present
Clinical Trial

This study adds radiation therapy to the usual regimen of surgery and chemotherapy for early-stage pleural mesothelioma.

  • Condition: Pleural Mesothelioma
  • Intervention: Radiation Therapy
  • Locations: Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio
  • Recruiting: November 2019 – Present

Wendy M.
Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor

Ohio resident Wendy M. was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at the age of 28 — a very young age to develop mesothelioma. It was difficult to get an accurate diagnosis for the symptoms she was experiencing, but eventually she was properly diagnosed. She found the cancer care she needed at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio University. She has more than 10 years of experience as a mesothelioma survivor and has written a book documenting her mesothelioma journey to share with others living with mesothelioma.

Cancer Support Services in Ohio

Cancer support services work to meet the unique needs of cancer patients, their caregivers and families dealing with mesothelioma. Services can include financial support as well as emotional and spiritual support. Both national and local resources are available to help Ohioans with mesothelioma.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s cancer resource centers provide free wigs, hats, treatment information and other support for cancer patients. The services available also include help finding emotional support networks, financial assistance, and lodging during treatment.

Mesothelioma Survivor, Caregiver & Family Support

The Mesothelioma Survivor, Caregiver & Family Support group on Facebook helps connect mesothelioma patients and caregivers in Ohio and around the country with other people dealing with mesothelioma. Newly diagnosed patients, survivors and others can share their experiences and offer peer support.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky provides a variety of services for seniors. In addition to providing meals, it also offers a wide range of other services. These include transportation, pet support, social services and health and wellness services.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health strives to provide comprehensive cancer care for mesothelioma patients in Ohio. It works with a variety of state and nongovernmental support services to coordinate cancer care and provide cancer support services.

University Hospitals

University Hospitals is a network of medical hospitals and providers serving Northeast Ohio. It supports cancer patients and their families through counseling, support groups, workshops and classes. This includes exercise and cooking classes, massage therapy and consultations for physical therapy and other care.

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