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Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment

Many Maryland residents have been exposed to asbestos in mining, shipbuilding, and other industries. This exposure put workers and their families at risk of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that takes 10-50 years to develop. Access to effective treatment is vital for those affected by this asbestos-related disease. Learn more about the best treatments in Maryland to help you battle a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment Centers

Maryland is home to several renowned cancer centers that provide high-quality mesothelioma care.

Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland

Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland

Baltimore

Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center

Baltimore

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Mesothelioma Doctors in Maryland

There are several mesothelioma experts in Maryland who are skilled in diagnosing and treating this cancer.

Some of the top mesothelioma doctors in Maryland include:

  • Dr. Armando Sardi

    Dr. Armando Sardi

    Surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center who specializes in cytoreduction with HIPEC

  • Dr. Christine L. Lau

    Dr. Christine L. Lau

    Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Maryland Medical Center

  • Dr. Fabian Johnston

    Dr. Fabian Johnston

    Division Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • Dr. Julie R. Brahmer

    Dr. Julie R. Brahmer

    Director of Thoracic Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • Dr. Patrick Forde

    Dr. Patrick Forde

    Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • Dr. Petr F. Hausner

    Dr. Petr F. Hausner

    Specializes in medical oncology with the University of Maryland Medical System

  • Dr. Raffit Hassan

    Dr. Raffit Hassan

    Chief of the Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

  • Dr. Stephen C. Yang

    Dr. Stephen C. Yang

    Thoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

  • Dr. Vadim Gushchin

    Dr. Vadim Gushchin

    Surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore

Types of Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment

Maryland is home to several cancer centers that offer a range of mesothelioma treatments provided by leading specialists.

Mesothelioma treatment options available in Maryland include:

  • Surgery: Depending on their type and stage of mesothelioma, patients may be able to undergo surgery to remove tumors and increase their life expectancy.
  • Chemotherapy: Cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs can be used as a primary treatment for mesothelioma or in combination with surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy drugs are the newest type of mesothelioma treatment that uses the body’s immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy radiation is used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy can be administered as a primary treatment for mesothelioma or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy.
  • Clinical trials: Several cancer centers and clinics in Maryland offer clinical trials to help patients access emerging treatments or new combinations of treatments for mesothelioma.

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Mesothelioma Patient Care Teams in Maryland

Maryland mesothelioma patient care teams are made up of multidisciplinary professionals who are dedicated to providing comprehensive medical treatment and support services.

These patient teams typically include:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Pathologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Social workers
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Thoracic surgeons

They work collaboratively to:

  • Develop personalized treatment plans
  • Offer symptom management and palliative care
  • Provide emotional support and cancer care education

Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment Research and Clinical Trials

Maryland is home to several prestigious research institutions and cancer centers that are actively studying new treatments in mesothelioma clinical trials.

Some of the top mesothelioma research centers in Maryland include:

  • National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials in Maryland

Several of these cancer research centers are enrolling patients in clinical trials for mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma treatments being studied in Maryland clinical trials include:

  • Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy: Study teams are investigating the safety and efficacy of combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy for mesothelioma.
  • Immunotherapy: Researchers are continuing to study checkpoint inhibitors and other types of immunotherapy drugs for mesothelioma.
  • Targeted Therapy: Cancer centers are testing targeted therapies that can attack specific molecules involved in the growth and spread of mesothelioma cells.

Contact our registered nurses for help accessing new treatments and clinical trials where you live.

Scope of Asbestos-Related Diseases in Maryland

The risk of asbestos exposure has presented various health concerns for Maryland residents. Maryland has seen over 5,000 asbestos-related deaths since 1999, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some notable Maryland asbestos sites include:

  • U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company in Baltimore
  • Olin Corporation in Curtis Bay
  • Cecil Paper Company in Elkton
  • Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore
  • Tenneco Chemicals Inc. in Chestertown
  • Bethlehem Steel Plant in Fort Meade
  • Sparrows Point in Fort Meade
  • Western Electric Company in Baltimore
  • West Virginia Pulp & Paper in Luke

Despite these risks, residents diagnosed with mesothelioma have access to advanced treatment options through Maryland’s state-of-the-art hospitals and cancer centers.

Cost of Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment

On average, it costs well over $500,000 a year to treat mesothelioma cancer, and insurance usually doesn’t cover everything.

Some potential expenses to consider include:

  • Blood work
  • Chemotherapy sessions
  • Hospital stays
  • Immunotherapy infusions
  • Medications
  • Multiple imaging scans
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery

The average cost above doesn’t include travel, transportation, or hotel stays during treatment.

Financial Assistance for Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma financial assistance can help you afford quality care if you qualify. Learn more about how to get compensation from lawsuits, trust fund claims, and veterans benefits below.

Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma patients in Maryland may pursue legal action against companies responsible for their asbestos exposure. A successful mesothelioma lawsuit can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Our legal partners have secured over $57 million for Maryland mesothelioma victims, including:

  • $5.3 million for a mechanic & U.S. Army veteran from Glen Burnie
  • $3.9 million for a painter from Fort Washington
  • $2 million for a building engineer in Walkersville
  • $1.98 million for a U.S. Navy veteran & boiler technician in Chestertown
  • $1.6 million for a mason and pipefitter in Frostburg

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Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

Mesothelioma patients in Maryland may be eligible to file claims with asbestos trust funds that were created to compensate asbestos victims.

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Over $30 billion is already set aside and currently available in asbestos trust funds.

We can help you determine where you may have been exposed to asbestos and file trust fund claims on your behalf. Contact us now to get started.

Veterans Benefits

Former service members with mesothelioma can apply for veterans benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of cancer treatment.

Eligible veterans may receive free or discounted medical care, disability compensation of nearly $4,000 a month, VA pensions, and other forms of financial assistance.

Get Help Finding Maryland Mesothelioma Treatment

If you or a loved one lives in Maryland and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have options. Treatment from specialists may help you improve your length and quality of life.

Mesothelioma Hope can connect you with doctors at top treatment centers throughout the state.

We can also help you:

  • Better understand your diagnosis
  • Enroll in clinical trials
  • Find support groups and peer mentors
  • File legal claims for mesothelioma compensation

Call (866) 608-8933 to speak with a Patient Advocate or get matched with a doctor now.

Jenna TozziWritten by:

Director of Patient Advocacy

Jenna Tozzi, RN, is the Director of Patient Advocacy at Mesothelioma Hope. With more than 15 years of experience as an adult and pediatric oncology nurse navigator, Jenna provides exceptional guidance and support to mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. Jenna has been featured in Oncology Nursing News and is a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators & the American Nurses Association.

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