Mesothelioma: Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Pictured: Valerie Rusch Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary experts in pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma are recognized worldwide for their treatment of these rare cancers. Thoracic surgeons such as Valerie Rusch often are able to look at a CT image and predict ahead of time which organs will need to be removed, and how long the surgery is likely to take.

Because mesothelioma is relatively rare, most doctors see very few people with this disease and may not be familiar with effective treatments. As one of the nation’s busiest mesothelioma practices, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a unique breadth of understanding and experience in handling this cancer.

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Our specialized and multidisciplinary team of experts works collaboratively to create an individualized treatment plan for each person. The team includes specialists – surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists – who have experience in treating all types of mesothelioma.

Because we care for such a large number of people with mesothelioma compared with most other centers, we also are able to offer many of our patients the option to enroll in clinical trial testing new drugs and novel approaches.

With improvements in treatments and supportive care, the length and quality of life for people with mesothelioma has improved dramatically over the past decades.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat different types of mesothelioma.