At City of Hope our approach to treating mesothelioma starts with comprehensive, compassionate care and a staff that sees you not just as a patient — but as a whole person. Comprehensive care means you have a team of experts working with you at every step of your treatment. It means leading-edge surgical and radiation therapy techniques, and clinical trials happening on City of Hope’s campus, directly impact your treatment. And it means strong support for you and your family through it all.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
City of Hope is a leader in personalized medicine, including clinical trials here that are finding new and more effective drug combinations targeted to mesothelioma cells. Highlights of our program include:
When we treat cancer at City of Hope, we are not just focused on high quality care and innovation — we are working to make you whole again.
City of Hope is internationally recognized for its research and breakthrough treatments, has been named one of America’s top cancer hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for more than 10 years running and is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
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Mesothelioma is a rare cancer type — only around 3,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. It is a disease that affects the cells that line certain organs, called mesothelial cells. Mesothelioma affects four regions of the body including:
Mesotheliomas are grouped according to the way the cells look under a microscope. Most mesotheliomas are epitheliod — the rest are either sarcomatoid or a combination of the two (mixed or biphasic type). Mesothelial tumors most often affect the chest and abdominal regions.
Things that put you at higher risk of getting mesothelioma are called risk factors.
Mesothelioma symptoms vary based on the region affected. Pleural mesothelioma symptoms include:
Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms include:
Symptoms of mesothelioma tend to mirror other illnesses and, as a result, may be confused for other more benign conditions for months or longer before diagnosis. If you are treated for those conditions, or if your symptoms last for several weeks despite medical treatment, you may need further consultation to rule out mesothelioma.
Our team of specialists combines its deep expertise with advanced technology to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis — leading to the most effective treatment.
One or a combination of tests may be used to diagnose mesothelioma and depend on the area of the body affected:
Imaging tests are often used to gauge the extent of disease and whether it has spread to distant organs.
Other tests, such as a pulmonary exam, may be performed to determine how well the lungs are functioning prior to surgery.
At the heart of your treatment at City of Hope is your individuality. We understand that you — and your specific type of cancer — are unique and we use that knowledge to determine the best therapy, leading to the best outcome.
At City of Hope, deeply experienced thoracic specialists perform advanced procedures not available at other centers — and are among the best when it comes to high quality, minimally invasive thoracic surgery for conditions including pleural mesothelioma.
Surgery on the lung is delicate — and preserving as much tissue as possible requires both experience and skill. Our surgical team includes highly trained leaders in lung surgery who regularly take on more complex cases — including some deemed untreatable at other facilities.
Radiation therapy uses high energy radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may be used alone or with chemotherapy to treat mesothelioma. City of Hope uses leading-edge radiation therapy techniques including:
Treating you as an individual starts with assembling an experienced care team led by world leaders in the biology of cancer. At City of Hope, breakthroughs from our world renowned research team move quickly to our patients. That means you get rapid access to the best treatments, including the latest therapies and clinical trials.
At City of Hope our surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, supportive care and pain management specialists — and other team members — are in frequent communication about the best path for your treatment so that you receive care of the highest caliber. And your care continues long after treatment is completed — we are committed to helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers use the latest in technology and innovation to treat mesothelioma, coupled with an enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. Call 800-826-HOPE or request an appointment online .
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is frightening and devastating. Getting through it and figuring out how to live a long life takes layers of support. When you come to City of Hope, you get access to a strong support network, including staff to help you and your family at every step in your journey. That includes everything from talk therapy to meditation to being connected with a patient navigator. Supportive care is not just about improving your mood and quality of life — it has been shown in studies to extend life.
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We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts — and those of our supporters today — have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.
For more information on supporting the mesothelioma program, please contact Donor Relations by calling 800-667-5310.