Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can seem like an overwhelming challenge for you or your loved ones. It is critical, however, that you begin to take action as soon as possible. The first step toward treatment is finding a qualified physician and cancer center.

Choosing the Right Treatment Facility & Doctor

In seeking a mesothelioma specialist, it is important to know what type of treatment plan you want to pursue. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials are some of the most common options. Doctors often specialize in certain types of cancer treatment, so it is helpful to know your preferences, if possible.

Next, try to weigh the practical considerations, such as your insurance coverage, willingness to travel, time available for treatments, and out-of-pocket expenses. Knowing what personal resources you can dedicate to your treatment can help you narrow your choices.

Keep in mind that many mesothelioma patients have legal cases against the industries that knowingly exposed them to asbestos, and those settlements can help pay for costly treatments. Peritoneal can put you in touch with experienced lawyers to evaluate your case.

If you choose your doctor before the cancer center, you will need to determine where the doctor is approved to treat patients. Sometimes this means that you will have to pick between the doctor and the cancer center you prefer.

Top Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

If you choose your cancer center first, it is important to find out how many mesothelioma patients the center treats. Mesothelioma is a very specific type of cancer, so you will want a center that works with such patients regularly and is up-to-date on the latest techniques.

In addition, researching how each cancer center approaches a mesothelioma diagnosis can help you narrow your choices. You may prefer a scientific method, one that simply targets the disease itself. Or, perhaps, you want your treatment to include plans for your diet and mental health. If you are willing to undergo an experimental treatment, you will need to look for a cancer center that has availability in a clinical trial. These centers often are affiliated with university medical schools or top-tier hospitals.

Most conservative cancer centers will offer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Other possible treatments to consider include gene therapy, photodynamic therapy and immunotherapy. Be sure you understand your treatment plan and are comfortable with it.

Where you choose to be treated certainly can affect your success, so it is important to evaluate cancer centers carefully. A good place to start is by asking the physician who diagnosed you with mesothelioma for a recommendation.

Additionally, the National Cancer Institute, which is a division of the U.S. National Institutes for Health, offers details about the best cancer centers in the United States. There are 25 cancer centers and 40 comprehensive cancer centers that have NCI approval.

The Commission on Cancer program of the American College of Surgeons can be another resource. The group evaluates hospitals to make sure that they are up to date on treatment options and equipment.

Finally, Perioneal patient advocates can provide information during your search for treatment options. Call us at 1-800-681-4176.