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MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030

About the MD Anderson Cancer Center

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston is known for turning its groundbreaking research into innovative clinical care.

U.S. News & World Report in 2018 named MD Anderson the No. 1 Cancer Care Hospital in America for the fourth consecutive year, setting a new high for health care excellence.

The mesothelioma program includes more than 30 doctors, from various disciplines, with expertise in this rare and aggressive cancer.

They include medical oncologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists, all focused on patients with this disease.

The mesothelioma research team today is pioneering more precise diagnostics, better use of radiation therapy, and novel tumor targets to utilize the burgeoning potential of immunotherapy.

As an example of the research excellence at MD Anderson, Jim Allison, director of immunology, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in advancing the use of immunotherapy in cancer care.

He was the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the world’s most prestigious award for outstanding discoveries in medicine.

Doctors in This Hospital

Anne Tsao

Medical Oncologist

David Rice

Thoracic Surgeon

George Simon

Medical Oncologist

Ritsuko Komaki

Radiation Oncologist

International Leader in Clinical Trials

In the ongoing quest for advancing cancer care, MD Anderson also is an international leader in clinical trials that offer the most up-to-date, still-under-review, options.

The center is in the recruiting, or active-and-not-recruiting stage of 15 different clinical trials involving mesothelioma.

As one of the largest cancer centers in the world, MD Anderson prides itself on providing expert care, regardless of the diagnosis.

A Comprehensive Team of Doctors

The depth of experience is extensive. The center has been in the cancer care business since 1941 as part of the University of Texas

Doctors there regularly make the annual Best Doctors in America listing. Those working closely with mesothelioma patients include:

The National Cancer Institute has awarded 12 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence grants to MD Anderson, which leads the country in NCI-funded projects for cancer.

Often, those lead to new, innovative treatments for rare and difficult tumors such as mesothelioma.

These latest treatments advances that are working their way through clinical trials often are available at MD Anderson well before they become standard of care at other facilities.

Snehal Smart, M.D.

Snehal Smart, M.D.

Snehal Smart is the Pleural Mesothelioma Center’s in-house medical doctor, serving as both an experienced Patient Advocate and an expert medical writer for the website. When she is not providing one-on-one assistance to patients, Dr. Snehal stays current on the latest medical research, reading peer-reviewed studies and interviewing oncologists to learn about advancements in diagnostic tools and cancer treatments.

Last Modified February 1, 2019

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