Best Mesothelioma Doctors
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions that you will make. But it’s also one of the most challenging ones.
Mesothelioma is rare and difficult to treat. Few doctors have extensive experience with the disease. However, there are mesothelioma specialists with the expertise necessary to treat this uncommon asbestos cancer.
We can help you find them.
Belluck & Fox is a leading law firm in asbestos and mesothelioma litigation. For the past 20 years, we have helped numerous mesothelioma victims obtain compensation from the companies responsible for their asbestos exposure.
Securing full and fair compensation means that you can receive — and afford ― care from the best mesothelioma doctors in the nation.
The Importance of Mesothelioma Specialists
Table of Contents
- 1 The Importance of Mesothelioma Specialists
- 2 What Can a Mesothelioma Doctor Do for Me?
- 3 Types of Oncologists
- 4 Choosing the Right Mesothelioma Doctor
- 5 Top Mesothelioma Doctors
- 6 H. Richard Alexander Jr.
- 7 David Bartlett
- 8 Raphael Bueno
- 9 Robert B. Cameron
- 10 W. Charles Conway II
- 11 Marcelo C. DaSilva
- 12 Sophie Dessureault
- 13 Raja Flores
- 14 Jacques Fontaine
- 15 David Harpole
- 16 David M. Jablons
- 17 Hedy Lee Kindler
- 18 Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal
- 19 Brian Loggie
- 20 Charles Ray Mulligan
- 21 Harvey Pass
- 22 J.F. Pingpank Jr.
- 23 Paul H. Sugarbaker
- 24 Anne Tsao
- 25 Eric Vallieres
- 26 Valerie Rusch
- 27 Ready to Discuss Mesothelioma Compensation? Contact Our Lawyers Today
- 28 How Our Skilled Mesothelioma Lawyers Can Help You
Mesothelioma is a complicated disease. Its symptoms can be mistaken for many other illnesses, both cancerous and benign.
But patients can’t afford to waste time on a misdiagnosis. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that needs timely treatment. That’s why a mesothelioma specialist is so important.
Mesothelioma specialists are trained to recognize telltale symptoms of the disease. The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. Early detection can dramatically impact a patient’s prognosis and expected survival time.
Doctors who specialize in mesothelioma can draw on their in-depth knowledge of the disease to determine what treatments will be most effective. They are also aware of the latest innovations in mesothelioma treatment, cancer research and clinical trials.
The most skilled mesothelioma doctors are typically affiliated with major cancer centers and universities throughout the United States. In addition to treating patients, they often design and supervise clinical studies to search for new and improved treatments for mesothelioma.
It may be necessary to travel to receive treatment from an experienced mesothelioma doctor. However, the payoff can be substantial. While mesothelioma is an incurable disease, the right treatment could give patients more time to spend with family and friends.
Understandably, the idea of finding a specialist and traveling for mesothelioma treatment can feel overwhelming. But you shouldn’t have to worry about how you are going to pay for medical care and travel expenses.
Our experienced lawyers will research all possible avenues for compensation so that you get the quality medical care you need to fight mesothelioma.
What Can a Mesothelioma Doctor Do for Me?
Because the signs of mesothelioma are so subtle, most people end up visiting their family doctors when they begin experiencing symptoms. These physicians usually end up referring patients to oncologists for a cancer examination.
Your mesothelioma doctor will be able to:
- Diagnose mesothelioma
- Stage the cancer
- Order tests to identify mesothelioma cell type(s)
- Design a treatment plan
- Coordinate your mesothelioma treatment team
- Seek or provide second opinions
- Discuss pros and cons of treatment(s)
- Alert you to possible side effects
- Inform you about relevant clinical trials
- Answer your questions about alternative therapies to mesothelioma
Make sure to tell your doctor if you worked in a job where asbestos was used. It could guide your doctor to consider mesothelioma as a potential diagnosis.
Types of Oncologists
There are three primary types of oncologists, with several who sub-specialize in certain areas of the body.
Here is what each oncologist can do:
- Medical oncologists use chemotherapy drugs, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy and biological therapy to treat cancer.
- Surgical oncologists perform surgeries to help patients with all forms of mesothelioma and other cancers.
- Radiation oncologists use radiation therapy to attack cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide palliative care for cancer patients.
During your mesothelioma battle, you may receive treatment from one or all of these types of oncologists. Your doctors will work together to determine the treatment plan that is right for you.
While you focus on getting the medical treatment you need, our mesothelioma attorneys will be working tirelessly on your claim for compensation.
Most of our work can be done with minimal input from you. You don’t have to fight with insurance companies. Our attorneys do that.
You won’t have to request documents from anyone. Our legal team does that. We will obtain medical records, statements, employment records and anything else necessary to build a strong claim for you.
Choosing the Right Mesothelioma Doctor
Picking the best mesothelioma doctor takes careful consideration. You and your family need to find a qualified oncologist, but also a person that make you feel comfortable.
Here are some questions to ask the doctor:
- Have you treated mesothelioma before? If so, how many cases and what were the outcomes?
- Do you specialize in my form of mesothelioma (e.g., pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, testicular)?
- What is your specialty?
- Are you affiliated with a dedicated mesothelioma program?
- Can you recommend any clinical trials?
- Where were you trained?
- Can you explain the stage of my cancer?
- How does staging affect my prognosis?
- What treatment plan do you recommend?
- Are there other treatment options?
- What can I expect once treatment begins?
- Can I get a second opinion?
- What are the costs of treatment?
- Do you accept my insurance?
- Will I have to travel or plan for long hospital stays?
After your appointment, ask yourself some personal questions, such as:
- Did I like the doctor’s bedside manner?
- Did the doctor answer all of my questions, in plain language that I could understand?
- Did the appointment feel rushed?
- Did the physician listen to my preferences and health care goals?
- Could I tell this doctor anything about my health?
Although you need to begin treatment for mesothelioma as soon as possible, don’t feel obligated to work with the first oncologist you meet. Finding the right mesothelioma team will give you the confidence you need during treatment.
Top Mesothelioma Doctors
Knowing where to look for mesothelioma doctors is not always as simple as a basic Internet search. To help you, our attorneys have compiled an alphabetical listing of physicians who specialize in treating and researching malignant mesothelioma.
H. Richard Alexander Jr.
Dr. Alexander is the Chief Surgical Officer and Division Chief of Surgical Oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Jersey. His training began as a Navy medical officer. Alexander also completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Alexander works in the Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Program at Rutgers, a which focuses on improving treatment options for patients with rare and recurrent cancers like peritoneal mesothelioma.
He is one of a limited number of surgeons in the United States who can perform cytoreductive surgery with heated chemotherapy drugs (HIPEC). This method — which inserts warm chemotherapy directly into the abdominal area following surgery ― is considered the gold standard treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma.
Alexander is the former deputy director in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute. He has also authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and lectured about cancer treatment in 17 countries.
Dr. Bartlett is a peritoneal mesothelioma specialist at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh. He is the Chief of Surgical Oncology and directs the David C. Koch Regional Perfusion Cancer Therapy Center.
Bartlett specializes in regional perfusion, the delivery of chemotherapy drugs directly to an organ or part of the body where metastatic cancer cannot be fully removed. His research interests include translational medicine, immunotherapy, therapeutic cancer vaccines and gene therapy to advance the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma and other cancers.
Dr. Bueno is Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Co-director of the Brigham and Women’s Lung Center in Boston.
His research focuses on the development of novel methods to diagnose mesothelioma. One key finding is that a gene-ratio technique can help not only verify a mesothelioma diagnosis, but could also differentiate what cell types were predominant in the affected tissues. Cell type is a significant factor in estimating survival times, making this discovery an important one for pleural mesothelioma patients.