As with other forms of cancer, the goal in treating mesothelioma is to remove or destroy the malignant cells while preserving healthy cells. The three most frequently used options for treating mesothelioma are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Although these treatments are often used in combination, UCLA thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Cameron is a pioneer in his treatment protocol which spares the lung as much as possible and treats mesothelioma as a chronic disease. The goal is to control mesothelioma and provide the patient with the best possible quality of life.
At The Pacific Mesothelioma Center, we believe in a multi-modal treatment approach beginning with the lung-sparing Pleurectomy/Decortication (P/D) surgery. Radiation is then used to shrink any malignancies that may be left. Immunotherapy and a combination of other conventional and experimental treatments are used over the long term to stop the recurrence of the tumor.
Dr. Cameron is the innovator of the Pleurectomy/Decortication surgical procedure and has performed the technique on over 300 patients to date. He has also published many articles and is a frequent lecturer on the surgical and multi-modal management of pleural mesothelioma.