New York-Presbyterian Hospital
The New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center has treated more patients for mesothelioma than almost any other cancer facility in the nation. The vast range of experience among clinicians in treating mesothelioma makes New York-Presbyterian Hospital a premier choice for those who are looking for advanced and novel treatment options.
Mesothelioma patients seeking care at New York-Presbyterian are treated at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC). The cancer center specializes in treating pleural mesothelioma, which affects the membranes surrounding the lungs. HICCC has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute as an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the hospital has established a dedicated Mesothelioma Center. Over 100 patients each year are seen at the Mesothelioma Center to receive a diagnosis and treatment for mesothelioma.
New York-Presbyterian uses state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and the most innovative treatment options for mesothelioma patients. The center provides patients with a diverse team of widely acclaimed clinicians and therapists who are committed to devising a plan that addresses all of the patient’s needs. After diagnosis, doctors examine infected tissues and make decisions about treatment options. Patients are then placed under the care of a team of specialists including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiotherapists, and psychologists.
Surgery is typically a part of the treatment plan for mesothelioma. At New York-Presbyterian, an expert team of thoracic surgeons applies minimally invasive techniques when performing surgery. These methods result in less discomfort following surgery and accelerated healing times. Surgeons may also use video-assisted thoracic surgery and robotic surgery to remove certain tumors.
In addition to surgical and chemotherapy treatments, patients may require radiation therapy for mesothelioma. At HICCC, patients have access to the country’s most advanced research center for radiation biology. The research center for radiation biology employs various therapies including external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy, which helps shield heathy cells from damaging radiation while targeting cancerous tissues. Another alternative for some patients following surgery is immunotherapy. Immunotherapy entails the administration of a vaccine for those with pleural tumors to stimulate the patient’s immune system and improve the patient’s response to chemotherapy treatments.
New York-Presbyterian has extensive experience in treating both common and rare forms of mesothelioma. It has the distinction of performing more surgeries for peritoneal mesothelioma than any other cancer center in the country. Dr. Michael Kluger, M.D. heads the peritoneal mesothelioma program at New-York Presbyterian. The treatment and prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the abdomen, has substantially improved through the years. Dr. Kluger co-wrote a study that provides valuable information about survival rates for mesothelioma patients. The study found that the median overall survival rate for mesothelioma patients was 6.5 years and the relapse-free survival rate was 38.5 months. Moreover, the data revealed a 30 percent ten-year survival rate for these patients.
New York-Presbyterian’s cancer research program has been the recipient of over $100 million in funds for peer-reviewed cancer research. Over 200 doctors and researchers take part in various research programs for mesothelioma care.
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