One of my passions is helping patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). This is an aggressive cancer that is asbestos related, and affects the abdomen and/or chest. I specialize in chest mesothelioma. One of the reasons I trained in thoracic surgery, and mesothelioma surgery in specific, is that I believe passionately that there are treatment options for every single patient that can improve their quality of life, if not to give them a chance of cure and long term survival.
This optimism unfortunately is not a common belief among physicians. My experience in training in mesothelioma surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, arguably the biggest international center treating mesothelioma, has shown me that people can survive for years after aggressive treatment including surgery. I know we can help patients with mesothelioma feel and breathe better, and enjoy their remaining years.
I’d like to present two of my patients to highlight this optimism.