Top Mesothelioma Doctors
Seeking treatment from a doctor who specializes in mesothelioma cancer is the best way to improve a prognosis. Patients are encouraged to secure financial assistance from asbestos trust funds. We can help you connect with a treatment specialist near you and get the money you need for the best medical care.
There are few doctors who are considered to be leaders in the field of mesothelioma treatment. They are highly sought after and have decades of experience with board certifications in areas of medicine that include thoracic surgery and thoracic cancer. Our Patient Advocates have thoroughly vetted the top doctors and cancer centers nationwide to help determine the treatment facility that will work best for you.
While many top doctors take a variety of types of medical insurance, not all procedures are covered. Some top doctors may recommend procedures that insurance does not cover or suggest unconventional therapies that insurance companies may take months to approve. Funds from asbestos trusts give patients freedom to bypass insurance hassles for quick treatment.
- Dr. David Sugarbaker (Houston, Texas) – Sugarbaker is the director of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as well as the school’s chief of general thoracic surgery and a professor of surgery.
- Dr. Robert Cameron (Los Angeles, California) – Cameron is a vocal opponent of Sugarbaker’s specialty, the extrapleural pneumonectomy. Instead, he urges patients to opt for a less invasive pleural mesothelioma surgery that he pioneered called a pleurectomy/decortication.
- Dr. Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal (Boston, Massachusetts) – Lebenthal uses a wide range of approaches when treating mesothelioma. These include laparoscopy, pleurectomy with decortication and video-assisted thoracic surgery. He works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and at VA Boston Healthcare System.
- Dr. Paul Sugarbaker (Washington, D.C.) – Dr. Sugarbaker is the director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at the Washington Cancer Institute. He has published hundreds of scientific articles and written numerous books, including one on sarcoma surgery that has been translated into 5 different languages.
- Dr. Jacques Fontaine (Tampa, Florida) – Dr. Fontaine is the director of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center at the Moffitt Cancer Center. He strives to provide mesothelioma patients with the most up-to-date technology available for treatment and is considered one of the top doctors for cancer clinical trials in the United States.
Mesothelioma Treatment Centers
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston) – Once home to the famed Dr. David Sugarbaker, the hospital’s International Mesothelioma Program treats hundreds of patients a year. Sugarbaker pioneered his famed extrapleural pneumonectomy for pleural mesothelioma treatment at this center. Physicians are continuing his work and innovating new procedures as well.
- UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Care Center (Los Angeles) – With physicians like Drs. Robert Cameron and Jay Lee, Jonsson is considered one of the best medical centers in the nation. The center’s extensive thoracic oncology program is known for individualized care.
- Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston) – In summer 2014, Sugarbaker moved to Houston to head up the center’s Lung Institute. Mesothelioma is among the several lung-specific treatment programs the institute offers. Sugarbaker says he plans to expand the opportunity for clinical research and emerging treatments.
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- Financial Assistance – Our Patient Advocates can help you qualify for financial compensation to pay for diagnostic testing, travel costs and lodging during treatment.
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View Article Sources
- Abraham Lebenthal, M.D., M.H.A. The Division of Thoracic Surgery. Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Retrieved from http://www.chestsurg.org/about/staff/avi-lebenthal.aspx
- National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. General Information about Malignant Mesothelioma. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malignantmesothelioma/patient/page1
- Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. David Sugarbaker will lead comprehensive lung center at Baylor. Retrieved from https://www.bcm.edu/news/appointments-faculty-staff/sugarbaker-will-lead-baylor-lung-center
- National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. How To Find a Doctor or Treatment Facility If You Have Cancer. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/doctor-facility