Why Do I Need to Find a Mesothelioma Doctor?
Finding a physician who focuses on mesothelioma is the best way to increase your life expectancy after a diagnosis. While there are thousands of oncologists (cancer doctors), not all of them have in-depth knowledge of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.
“Unless you see a mesothelioma specialist, most doctors have a noticeably limited education about this cancer.”
Since mesothelioma is such a rare cancer, it can be challenging to diagnose. Getting a second opinion from a mesothelioma specialist can help confirm if your diagnosis was accurate and rule out a potential misdiagnosis.
Mesothelioma specialists can also provide a better understanding of your treatment options and help you access the latest advancements in mesothelioma care.
Whether you’re searching for a doctor who treats mesothelioma or you’re still trying to confirm a diagnosis, Mesothelioma Hope can help. Start by using our Free Doctor Match to connect with mesothelioma specialists near you.
Pleural Mesothelioma Doctors
Pleural mesothelioma doctors treat patients whose cancer forms in the lining of the lungs (pleura). Many of these doctors are thoracic surgeons, meaning they specialize in procedures involving the chest and lungs.
A few of the country’s top-ranked pleural mesothelioma doctors are listed below. Our nurses and Patient Advocates can provide a complete list of pleural specialists in your area and help you find the right fit — call (866) 608-8933 to speak with them now.
Chairman of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York
Chief of Thoracic Surgery at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Director of the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor College of Medicine’s Lung Institute in Houston
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Doctors
Peritoneal mesothelioma specialists help patients who’ve been diagnosed with cancer in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum).
Some well-known peritoneal mesothelioma doctors include:
Surgical oncologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Director of the Mesothelioma Program at University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chief Surgical Officer at Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Brunswick, NJ
Director of the Regional Therapies (HIPEC) Program at University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
We can help find the right peritoneal mesothelioma specialist. Try our Free Doctor Match today — it only takes a minute to get started.
Other Top Mesothelioma DoctorsRead about other specialists who help patients diagnosed with mesothelioma:
- Dr. Andrea Wolf
- Dr. Anne Tsao
- Dr. Claire Verschraegen
- Dr. Dao Nguyen
- Dr. Daniel M. Labow
- Dr. Daniel Wiener
- Dr. David Harpole Jr.
- Dr. David Jablons
- Dr. Deepa Magge
- Dr. Edward Levine
- Dr. Eric Vallieres
- Dr. Jacques Fontaine
- Dr. Joel Baumgartner
- Dr. Joseph Friedberg
- Dr. Kamran Idrees
- Dr. Lary Robinson
- Dr. Marcelo DaSilva
- Dr. Martin Goodman
- Dr. Matthew Steliga
- Dr. Mecker Möller
- Dr. Michele Carbone
- Dr. Raffit Hassan
- Dr. Richard N. Berri
- Dr. Rodney Landreneau
- Dr. Ryan Holbrook
- Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin
- Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran
Doctors Who Treat Rarer Types of Mesothelioma
The vast majority of mesothelioma cases are pleural or peritoneal. However, there are other rare forms of the disease, including pericardial mesothelioma (which forms in the heart lining) and testicular mesothelioma (which forms in the testicle lining).
Although pericardial and testicular mesothelioma aren’t common, there are doctors who may be able to treat these patients or enroll them in clinical trials.
Registered Nurse Amy Fair discusses the types of doctors you need on your team when being diagnosed and treated for mesothelioma. View Transcript.
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Who should be on my medical team for treatment?
The health professionals that should be on your team starts with your primary medical doctor because you may have other comorbidities or things your taking medication for or diseases. Normally that referral goes into a pulmonologist or a gastroenterologist depending on what type of mesothelioma you have, whether it be pleural or peritoneal. That will normally proceed into a surgical component, surgeon, and then lead into an oncology or radiology component. It’s also very important that you have a nutritionist on this team. Many facilities have what they call a tumor board that comprises these disciplines together. The continuity of care of phenomenal with a tumor board.
Factors for Choosing a Mesothelioma Specialist
Selecting a doctor for your treatment is an important decision. Read about some factors you should consider below.
Experience Treating Mesothelioma Patients
Choosing a physician with an extensive history of treating mesothelioma cancer can play a large role in improving your overall health outlook (prognosis).
Ask your doctor if they can tell you about other patients they’ve helped who have a diagnosis similar to yours.
“If your doctor is not a professional and has not lived it and breathed it, get another oncologist. You need someone experienced — someone who’s going to fight for you and with you.”
Location and Transportation Costs
Getting mesothelioma treatment in your state can make the process easier and more convenient while keeping your out-of-pocket costs more manageable.
If you can’t find a mesothelioma specialist close to home, you’ll have to factor in transportation costs, potential hotel stays, and additional meal expenses. All of these costs can add up over time if you need long-term treatment.
Our team can check if you’re eligible for financial assistance to help pay for treatment-related expenses — call (866) 608-8933 now to speak with us.
Because mesothelioma spreads quickly, you need to get a diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible. You should choose a doctor who can provide prompt access to diagnostic tests, oncology services, and treatment planning.
If flexibility is important to you, ask the doctor whether they offer virtual visits or phone consultations if you have questions or concerns before your next in-person appointment.
Mesothelioma doctors provide different treatments depending on their background and training.
Common mesothelioma treatment options include:
- Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells in the affected area
- Immunotherapy to help the immune system identify and attack cancer cells
- Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells in a particular area of the body
- Surgery to remove tumors or relieve painful symptoms
Mesothelioma specialists create custom treatment plans based on each patient’s age, overall health, type of mesothelioma, and the stage of their cancer (how far it’s spread).
Take the first step toward getting your own personalized treatment plan: Find a mesothelioma doctor near you today.
Access to Clinical Trials
Check if a doctor you’re considering has access to mesothelioma clinical trials and newer treatments that may not be available through a general oncologist.
Clinical trials allow patients to potentially receive cutting-edge therapies and treatments while contributing to cancer research.
By seeing a mesothelioma doctor who’s involved in clinical research, you’ll have a chance to benefit from the latest medical advances, which can potentially improve your life expectancy.
How Should I Prepare for My First Appointment?
Planning ahead is important to get the most out of your initial visit with a mesothelioma doctor. You may receive a lot of information at once, so it’s a good idea to bring a family member or friend who can take notes.
Here are some other tips to help prepare for your first appointment:
- Collect any records of work history or suspected asbestos exposure.
- Write down your mesothelioma symptoms and when they started.
- Request any past medical records, scans, or X-rays.
- Bring a list of questions to ask your mesothelioma doctor.
We’ve compiled a list of 14 questions to ask that can help you make informed decisions about your treatment. Download our Free Checklist now so you’ll have it ready for your first doctor’s visit.
Find the Best Doctors for Mesothelioma in Your Area
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be overwhelming and scary, but it’s incredibly important to stay hopeful.
The first step in fighting this disease is to find a trusted mesothelioma doctor with the experience and resources to help improve your health and quality of life.
Mesothelioma Hope is standing by to help you find local specialists who can provide you with the best treatment. Connect with a Patient Advocate now at (866) 608-8933 or get started with our Free Mesothelioma Doctor Match.
Mesothelioma Hope has no affiliation with and is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the doctors listed above. The contact information above is listed for informational purposes only. You have the right to contact these mesothelioma specialists directly.
Mesothelioma Specialists FAQs
Who diagnoses mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma doctors are best equipped to diagnose this cancer. These doctors work with pathologists and other specialists to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for your type of mesothelioma.
Since mesothelioma cancer is often misdiagnosed, it’s crucial to see a specialist for a diagnosis or second opinion.
What should I do if I've been diagnosed with mesothelioma?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should find a specialist who has expertise in treating this rare cancer.
Mesothelioma doctors provide specialized care that can make a key difference in your treatment options and survival.
How do I find a mesothelioma specialist near me?
The best way to find a mesothelioma doctor near you is to speak with a medical advocate who is familiar with doctors in the area. Mesothelioma Hope has long-established relationships with mesothelioma doctors and oncology programs across the country.
Our team of nurses and Patient Advocates are passionate about connecting patients with the right doctor based on their experience, specialty, and approach to treatment.
Should I get a second opinion from a mesothelioma doctor?
If you believe you have been misdiagnosed or want another expert’s input, you should get a second opinion from a mesothelioma doctor.
A mesothelioma specialist can review your medical records, perform additional imaging scans and biopsies, and either confirm or update your diagnosis.
The process of getting a second opinion could end up leading you to more effective treatments or an entirely new treatment plan altogether.
What is the best hospital for mesothelioma?
Since each patient is different, there isn’t a single “best” hospital for mesothelioma. However, there are several oncology centers that have become well-known for their expertise in treating this type of cancer.
Some top mesothelioma cancer centers include:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
- MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
- Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa
- Mount Sinai Health System in New York
- UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
These hospitals have doctors and specialists who can provide advanced treatment options. Many of them also conduct clinical trials on site as part of their oncology program.
For help finding a mesothelioma hospital near you, call our Patient Advocates today at (866) 608-8933.