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Texas Mesothelioma Treatment

Asbestos exposure has been a significant concern in Texas due to its extensive industrial activities. Thousands of Texans have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases since being exposed in oil refineries, shipyards, and other industrial sites. If you or a loved one is facing a mesothelioma diagnosis, we can get you in touch with top doctors and treatment centers near you in Texas.

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Texas Mesothelioma Treatment Centers

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

Houston Methodist Dr. Mary and Ron Neal Cancer Center

Houston Methodist Dr. Mary and Ron Neal Cancer Center

Houston

Methodist Health System

Methodist Health System

Dallas

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas

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Texas Mesothelioma Doctors

Texas is home to some of the nation’s top mesothelioma doctors. These specialists use both proven techniques and cutting-edge therapies to get the best outcomes for their cancer patients.

Two of these mesothelioma specialists are highlighted below.

Dr. Anne Tsao

Dr. Anne Tsao

Thoracic surgeon

Director of the Mesothelioma Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center who specializes in malignant pleural mesothelioma

Dr. Taylor Ripley

Dr. Taylor Ripley

Thoracic surgeon

Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston

Other top mesothelioma specialists in Texas include:

  • Dr. David Mason

    Dr. David Mason

    Thoracic surgeon at Methodist Health System in Dallas

  • Dr. David C. Rice

    Dr. David C. Rice

    Thoracic surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston

  • Dr. Eugene Choi

    Dr. Eugene Choi

    Surgical oncologist at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston

  • Dr. Jun Zhang

    Dr. Jun Zhang

    Medical oncologist at Houston Methodist who specializes in immunotherapy

  • Dr. Meera Patel

    Dr. Meera Patel

    Medical oncologist at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston

  • Dr. Pavan Mukesh Jhaveri

    Dr. Pavan Mukesh Jhaveri

    Radiation oncologist at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston

  • Dr. Scott Reznik

    Dr. Scott Reznik

    Thoracic surgeon at UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Types of Texas Mesothelioma Treatment

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

Mesothelioma treatment options available in Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas

Texas 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

Texas Mesothelioma Treatment Research and Clinical Trials

Texas has several top research centers conducting mesothelioma clinical trials. The goal of these trials is to identify more effective treatments that can improve patient survival.

Some of the top mesothelioma research centers in Texas include:

  • Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Baylor College of Medicine
  • Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials in Texas

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

Mesothelioma treatments being studied in Texas clinical trials include:

  • MDNA11 IL-2 Superkine: This study is evaluating the effectiveness of MDNA11 alone or in combination with the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda®).
  • Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy: This phase II trial is investigating whether adding immunotherapy to standard chemotherapy before surgery or as an alternative to surgery can improve survival in patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
  • CBL-B Inhibitor NX-1607: Researchers are testing NX-1607 for its safety and effectiveness in treating pleural mesothelioma and other cancers.

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

Scope of Asbestos-Related Diseases in Texas

Texas has been heavily impacted by asbestos-related diseases due to its industrial history, particularly in oil, chemical, and construction.

Some notable Texas asbestos sites include:

  • 3M in Austin
  • Camp Bullis Army Base in San Antonio
  • Central Power & Light (CP&L) in Corpus Christi
  • Exxon in Galveston
  • GAF Plant in Dallas
  • General Dynamics Plant in Fort Worth
  • Phillips Dodge Oil Refinery in El Paso
  • Shell Oil Building in Houston
  • Sinclair Oil Refinery in Houston
  • Southwestern Public Service in Amarillo
  • Village Creek Sewer Plant in Arlington
  • Wyatt Industries in Dallas

Cost of Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 $420 million for Texas mesothelioma victims, including:

  • $8.3 million for an oil worker in Katy
  • $6.6 million for an electrician in Houston
  • $4.6 million for a painter & mechanic’s helper in Kirbyville
  • $4.1 million for a laborer & mechanic in New Braunfels
  • $3.2 million for a U.S. Army veteran & maintenance worker

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Asbestos Trust Fund Claims

Mesothelioma patients in Texas 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 Texas Mesothelioma Treatment

If you or a loved one lives in Texas and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is treatment available to 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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