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Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

4940 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, Maryland 21224

About Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore has been a world leader in research and patient care for many years, garnering more federal funding for its work than any other medical facility.

Its combination of science and medical programs continues to uncover new cancer mechanisms that are turned into novel therapeutics, leading to unprecedented success in fighting many cancers.

The center includes a lung cancer program that has a team of physicians dedicated to malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

The center’s mesothelioma specialty team includes:

Immunotherapy Institute

In 2016, John Hopkins launched the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which quickly has become one of America’s leaders in the field.

Many oncologists believe that immunotherapy eventually will change the way cancer, including pleural mesothelioma, is treated.

Immunotherapy involves strengthening a patient’s own immune system and allowing it to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

“Immunotherapy is a game changer,” said Dr. Drew Pardoll, institute director at John Hopkins Medicine. “We believe the focused and collaborative research will advance immunotherapies to the point where the immune system will be able to beat 100 percent of cancers.”

Brahmer, who works closely with mesothelioma patients, published a study recently about the effectiveness of Opdivo (nivolumab) for lung cancer.

Clinical Trials Moving Forward

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center has six different clinical trials, either active-and-recruiting, or active, for mesothelioma.

One of those trials is studying the effectiveness of the immunotherapy drug Imfinzi (durvalumab), in combination with a standard chemotherapy for patients with unresectable disease.

Brahmer recently finished a clinical trial involving a new chemical compound made to target tumor cells. It showed improved progression-free survival and longer overall survival for mesothelioma patients.

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center provides a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment regimen for mesothelioma that often includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

The center also provides patients and families with counseling and survivor support, cancer education programs, on-site social workers and spiritual support. It has a unique Art of Healing Program, which combines standard treatment with alternative medicine.

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 27, 2019

2 Cited Article Sources

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Retrieved from
  2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). The Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Retrieved from

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