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North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment

If you are in North Carolina and living with mesothelioma cancer, you have a variety of options for specialized medical care. You may also be eligible for asbestos compensation to help pay for your treatment and out-of-pocket expenses. Learn more about the best treatment options available in North Carolina to help you battle a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment Centers

The following are mesothelioma cancer centers in North Carolina where you can find a variety of treatments:

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Winston-Salem

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

Chapel Hill

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Mesothelioma Doctors in North Carolina

There are several North Carolina mesothelioma doctors who are skilled in diagnosing and treating this cancer.

Some of the top mesothelioma doctors in North Carolina include:

Dr. David Harpole Jr.

Dr. David Harpole Jr.

Thoracic surgeon

Director of the Duke Lung Cancer Research Laboratory

Dr. Edward A. Levine

Dr. Edward A. Levine

Surgical oncologist

Leads the hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) team at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist

Dr. Jeffrey Clarke

Dr. Jeffrey Clarke

Medical oncologist

Associate Co-Director of Cell-Based Immunotherapy at Duke Cancer Institute

Other top mesothelioma specialists in North Carolina include:

  • Dr. Betty C. Tong

    Dr. Betty C. Tong

    Thoracic surgeon at Duke Cancer Center with expertise in pleural mesothelioma

  • Dr. Carrie B. Lee

    Dr. Carrie B. Lee

    Medical oncologist at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care Center in Chapel Hill

  • Dr. Dan G. Blazer III

    Dr. Dan G. Blazer III

    Surgical oncologist at Duke Cancer Center who specializes in peritoneal mesothelioma

  • Dr. Konstantinos Votanopoulos

    Dr. Konstantinos Votanopoulos

    Surgical oncologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist who treats peritoneal mesothelioma

  • Dr. Perry Shen

    Dr. Perry Shen

    North Carolina mesothelioma oncologist who specializes in immunotherapy at Duke Cancer Center

  • Dr. Scott J. Antonia

    Dr. Scott J. Antonia

    North Carolina mesothelioma oncologist who specializes in immunotherapy at Duke Cancer Center

  • Dr. Thomas E. Stinchcombe

    Dr. Thomas E. Stinchcombe

    Medical oncologist at Duke Cancer Center with expertise in molecular therapy

Types of North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma treatment plans vary by each patient depending on the stage of their cancer, their age, and their overall health.

Cancer treatment options available in North Carolina for mesothelioma 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina

North Carolina 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

North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment Research and Clinical Trials

North Carolina 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 North Carolina include:

  • Duke Cancer Institute in Durham
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care Center in Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center in Winston-Salem

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials in North Carolina

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

Mesothelioma treatments being studied in North Carolina clinical trials include:

  • CTX-471 Alone and in Combination With Keytruda: This study is testing the investigative drug CTX-471 with and without the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) in patients who have advanced mesothelioma.
  • Immunotherapy Before Surgery: Researchers are studying whether immunotherapy helps patients with sarcomatoid mesothelioma live longer if administered prior to surgery.
  • MRTX1719 for Advanced Mesothelioma With MTAP Gene Deletion: This combined phase 1-2 trial is evaluating the targeted therapy MRTX1719 for mesothelioma tumors that have their MTAP gene deleted.

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

Scope of Asbestos-Related Diseases in North Carolina

Data from the Environmental Working Group shows there were 6,577 asbestos-related deaths in North Carolina between 1999 and 2017, with the most deaths occurring in Wake County.

Some notable North Carolina asbestos exposure sites include:

  • Ambrose Insulation Company in Greensboro
  • Carolina Power & Light (CP&L) in Wilmington
  • Celanese Fiber Plant in Shelby
  • Duke Power Company in Cliffside
  • General Tire Plant in Charlotte
  • Hanes Hosiery Mill in Winston-Salem
  • Monsanto Agricultural Company in Fayetteville
  • North Carolina Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Wilmington
  • Reynolds Tobacco in Winston-Salem
  • Thompson Plywood Corp. in Fayetteville
  • U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville

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

Cost of North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment

On average, it costs well over $500,000 a year to treat mesothelioma, 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 partners have secured over $240 million for North Carolina mesothelioma victims, including:

  • $9.6 million for a secondhand exposure victim in Monroe
  • $5.4 million for a union electrician in New Bern
  • $4.6 million for a boiler & valve technician in Wilson
  • $3.2 million for an engineer in LaGrange
  • $2.7 million for a hydraulic worker in Sanford
  • $2.29 million for a U.S. Army veteran in Greensboro

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Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

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

Did You Know?

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 North Carolina Mesothelioma Treatment

If you or a loved one lives in North Carolina 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 North Carolina mesothelioma treatment centers.

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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