Doctors and Hospitals

Mesothelioma Doctors and Hospitals

Since mesothelioma can affect the lungs, the heart and the abdomen, pulmonologists, (lungs specialists) cardiologists, (heart specialists) and gastroenterologists, (abdomen specialists) can initially be sought for treatment. Usually the patient experiences symptoms synonymous with the area affected and the doctor or primary practitioner, reacting to his findings, refers the patient to a specialist. As a rare, late stage cancer, mesothelioma patients are usually referred to an oncologist, (cancer specialist) specializing in the area where the mesothelioma tumors became primary. Once mesothelioma has been diagnosed an oncologist will decide the best course of treatment for the patient.

Oncology is the study and treatment of cancer. An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in that treatment. There are three distinct doctors in the field of oncology, medical, surgical and radiation oncologists.

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  • Medical oncologists employ chemotherapy and other medications such as targeted therapies to treat cancer.
  • Surgical oncologists perform surgical procedures and operations to remove fluid build-up, tumors, and perform biopsies.
  • Radiation oncologists employ radiation therapy to reduce the size and spread of tumors.

Terrell Hogan and its mesothelioma attorneys Anita Pryor and Alan Pickett are attorneys involved in the practice of law representing mesothelioma and lung cancer victims exposed to asbestos. We are only providing information and resources to help mesothelioma patients and their families and we are in no way recommending therapies to treat or offering any endorsement of the health organizations and associations assisting in this battle to fight these dreadful diseases.

Most mesothelioma treatments involve a medical team or group of doctors and therapists who serve the treatments options based on the position of the tumor and the type of mesothelioma the patient has been diagnosed with.

Types of Mesothelioma

The most common type of mesothelioma is called pleural mesothelioma, affecting the membrane lining the chest cavity and lungs and causing a buildup of fluids there that makes normal breathing difficult or impossible.  Symptoms of this form include recent onset of shortness of breath, recent increase in shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, weight loss, weakness, and—the most common finding upon physical examination—an accumulation of fluid called pleural effusion.  This form accounts for up to 75 percent of all cases of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma are in most cases referred to a thoracic surgeon who specializes in chest surgeries. When dealing with the recovery of a lost lung function, a pulmonologist may be sought.

Where radiation therapy is prescribed a radiation oncologist is employed. Where chemotherapy is warranted a medical oncologist performs the treatment options.

The next most common form of the disease is peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen.  Here, tumors develop and press on the internal organs.  This pressure produces symptoms such as pain and swelling in the abdomen, chest pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.

Mesothelioma patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma can be referred to any and all three types of oncologists depending on the medical protocols needed for treatment.

The rarest form of mesothelioma is pericardial.  This can occur when asbestos fibers travel from the lungs to the mesothelial tissue that surrounds the heart.  As the resulting cancerous tumors expand, they restrict heart function and sometimes cause cardiac failure.  Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pain, heart palpitations, fatigue, and night sweats.

Again, a surgical oncologist will perform many of the procedures when treating mesothelioma involving the heart.

Doctors and Hospitals in Florida

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center
1235 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville fl 32207
844-632-2278
www.baptistjax.com 
   
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
4101 Jim Walter Blvd
Tampa fl 33607
813-745-1600
www.moffitt.org
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
4500 San Pablo Rd
Jacksonville fl 32224
904-953-2000
www.mayoclinic.org

Doctors and Hospitals USA

MD Anderson Cancer Center University of Texas Houston
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Houston Texas 77030
Dr. Anne Tsao MD   Dr. Davis Rice MD
877-632-6789
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
5841 S. Maryland Ave
Chicago IL 60637
Dr. Hedy Kindler MD
815-485-4830
Abramson Cancer Center University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St
Philadelphia Pa 19104
Dr. Joseph Friedburg MD
800-789-7366
Ochsner Cancer Institute New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson La 70121
Dr. Rodney Landreneau MD
504-842-3708
Mont Sinai Hospital New York
190 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Dr. Naja Flores MD   Dr. Daniel Labow MD
212-241-6500