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MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ranks among the best cancer hospitals in the U.S. and is dedicated to providing the best supportive care to patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Founded in 1884, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of the oldest and most experienced cancer treatment centers in the United States.

Over 1,000 mesothelioma patients have received cutting edge treatment and supportive post-surgical care at its facilities.

Experienced, Multidisciplinary Team of Specialists

Memorial Sloan-Kettering has the largest mesothelioma treatment program in the nation. Its facilities house an experienced, multidisciplinary team recognized worldwide for their skill in treating both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Treatment specialists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering contribute their specialized knowledge to every patient’s care. Each team consists of surgeons, oncologists and pathologists, working together to tailor treatment plans to each patient’s specific mesothelioma diagnosis.

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center runs a database containing the treatment outcomes of over 1,000 patients

Dr. Lee M. Krug is a thoracic oncologist who specializes in the treatment of patients diagnosed with lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma.

His research is focused on developing emerging treatments, like immunotherapy, in clinical trials. Dr. Krug is also interested in refining current approaches to treating mesothelioma.

Cutting-Edge Mesothelioma Treatment

Researchers at Sloan-Kettering have more opportunities than any other cancer center to conduct clinical trials because the center treats such a high volume of mesothelioma patients. This ultimately means that that they have a higher chance of developing a breakthrough mesothelioma treatment.

Radiation oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering developed intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which allows specialists to limit damage to healthy cells by targeting mesothelioma cells. They also spearheaded the use of radiation therapy like IMRT with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy weakens cancer cells and makes the targeted IMRT treatment more effective.

In addition to their innovative work with radiation therapy, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering are currently developing new immunotherapy treatments, like tumor vaccines and anticancer viruses, that use the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.

Post-surgery Symptom and Pain Management

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center offers specialized pain management care through their Palliative Medicine Service. A team of doctors and nurses with extensive pain management experience help patients cope with the physical and psychological issues associated with recovery from major treatment, like an invasive surgery.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering was the first cancer center in the U.S. to offer services to help patients cope with pain

Emphasis on Supportive Care and Elderly Patients

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center is unique among cancer treatment centers because it emphasizes follow-up and supportive care. Patients recovering from surgery can take advantage of the Counseling Center, where patients and families can get support to help them adjust to life after receiving mesothelioma treatment.

The Center also provides seminars, support groups and lectures through their Resources for Life After Cancer program. This program helps patients with every aspect of the recovery process, ranging from symptom management to insurance issues. For example, patients who had pleural mesothelioma surgery can attend the Breathing Easier monthly workshop, where they learn how to adjust to life after receiving major lung surgery.

Sloan-Kettering also recognizes that mesothelioma patients who are 65 and older need special care. They have a team of geriatric specialists, including doctors, nurses, nutritionists and psychiatrists, who specialize in taking care of older patients.

Choosing the Right Cancer Center

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center is one of the most experienced top cancer treatment centers in the country. If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, receiving care at Sloan-Kettering can greatly improve your prognosis.

Choosing the right cancer center is critically important. Mesothelioma is a highly individualized disease and each diagnosis requires specialized care. A member of our Patient Help Team can help you find treatment at a cancer treatment center most suitable for your diagnosis.