Our Approach to Treating Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Only a few thousand cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, and the tumors can be difficult to treat. As a result, patients typically have the best outcomes when they seek treatment through a mesothelioma specialty program, such as the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Our Approach

At Moffitt, we diagnose and treat all types of mesothelioma, including pleural, peritoneal and pericardial; no referral is necessary to meet with our team. Our nationally-recognized program takes a multispecialty approach to individualized treatment, providing patients with access to:

  • A comprehensive team of mesothelioma experts. Moffitt’s Thoracic Oncology Program includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, social workers and other supportive care providers, all with experience in treating rare lung cancers. These professionals will meet collectively as a tumor board to discuss each patient’s case and suggest potential pathways for treatment. At Moffitt, patients can come to a single location and receive the advanced care they need without having to travel to multiple clinics.
  • Tailored treatment plans. We know that no two patients are the same. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or further along in your journey, our team will create a comprehensive care plan that’s designed for your unique situation. That includes treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as revolutionary options, such as immunotherapies and mesothelioma vaccines. Our individualized approach and variety of offerings are cornerstones in our mission to improve survival rates and quality of life for each of our patients. 
  • Novel treatment options not yet available in a clinical setting. We have a robust clinical trial program, and we consider all patients for every trial, if they qualify. We have the unique ability to consult with patients one day, enroll them in a clinical trial shortly thereafter and monitor their status throughout the program. This allows us to stay actively involved in each patient’s care in a way that few other facilities, if any, can replicate.

At Moffitt, we are constantly exploring experimental treatments, tests and medications in the hope that they will bring us one step closer to a cure. We are the only cancer center in Florida to earn the National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, a recognition of our ability to bring important research discoveries to our patients.

For more information about our Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center, contact us at 1-888-MOFFITT, or submit a request for a new patient appointment.

 
 
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