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The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com has provided patients and their loved ones the most updated and reliable information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure since 2006.
Our team of Patient Advocates includes a medical doctor, a registered nurse, health services administrators, veterans, VA-accredited Claims Agents, an oncology patient navigator and hospice care expert. Their combined expertise means we help any mesothelioma patient or loved one through every step of their cancer journey.
More than 30 contributors, including mesothelioma doctors, survivors, health care professionals and other experts, have peer-reviewed our website and written unique research-driven articles to ensure you get the highest-quality medical and health information.
About The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com
- Assisting mesothelioma patients and their loved ones since 2006.
- Helps more than 50% of mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually in the U.S.
- A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
- 5-star reviewed mesothelioma and support organization.
"My family has only the highest compliment for the assistance and support that we received from The Mesothelioma Center. This is a staff of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who respect what your family is experiencing and who go the extra mile to make an unfortunate diagnosis less stressful. Information and assistance were provided by The Mesothelioma Center at no cost to our family."LashawnMesothelioma patient’s daughter
About the Miami VA Healthcare System
Veterans with mesothelioma cancer have the right to seek treatment anywhere in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. The Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center is one of the top options for veterans in Florida.
The Miami VA Healthcare System serves Monroe, Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida, home to hundreds of thousands of American veterans. The system operates 372 hospital beds, providing outpatient care, inpatient medical services, surgery and mental health services.
Since opening in 1968, the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center has become a key treatment center through its close partnership with the University of Miami.
Most of the VA center’s staff physicians are faculty members at UM’s Miller School of Medicine. Much of the rest of the ranks are filled by advanced UM medical students and doctors completing their residencies or subspecialty fellowships.
Because of this, the Miami VA medical center has a stronger research focus than most other VA facilities.
In addition, the community surrounding the health care system is committed to caring for the needs of military families.
For the past several years, Miami VA employees have “adopted” veterans and their families for the holidays. VA employees treat military families to a special meal and give them gifts out of gratitude for their service.
When veterans have to be hospitalized during treatment, the Fisher House Foundation provides free lodging for family members at a home near the medical center.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Miami VA
Mesothelioma is rare compared to other forms of cancer. Seeking treatment from an experienced specialist is essential to living longer and better with this disease.
Despite its overall rarity, though, mesothelioma is much more common for veterans than it is for other Americans. This is because of the U.S. military’s extensive use of asbestos during the mid-20th century.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has responded by including mesothelioma specialists at a few of its key health care systems around the country.
The Miami VA’s Department of Surgery is affiliated with the Dewitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the UM School of Medicine. Thanks to this partnership, veterans can benefit from the expertise of board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons.
These surgeons have experience with complex chest procedures such as extrapleural pneumonectomy for pleural mesothelioma.
In particular, Dr. Dao Nguyen specializes in both surgery and targeted molecular therapy for mesothelioma. He leads laboratory research on mesothelioma at the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, also located in Miami.
Nguyen divides his time between Sylvester, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami VA Healthcare System so he can serve as many members of the community as possible.
In March 2021, about 81% of veterans seeking care in Miami said they could get a specialty care appointment when they wanted on at the Miami VA Medical Center.
Other top VA treatment centers for mesothelioma include the healthcare systems in Boston, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta.
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