A Program of Hope
The IMP’s multidisciplinary team combines top-notch care with a caring and supportive environment to improve quality of life for patients and families.
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The specialists at the International Mesothelioma Program bring more than 20 years of clinical and research experience into focus to achieve one goal – providing quality life extension leading to a cure. Our team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, intensivists, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, nutritionists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, psychologists, and other clinicians. We work together to offer world-class care, personalized to address the unique needs of every patient, in a supportive and compassionate environment.
Clinicians, researchers, and supportive staff all work together, led by IMP Director Raphael Bueno, MD, a world-renowned mesothelioma specialist.
Options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and combined approaches that use several types of therapy (called multimodality therapy).
Our supportive staff includes a social worker, chaplains, and a program coordinator who provide emotional, spiritual, and practical help for patients and families.
The first step is to call the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery (1-617-732-5922) and ask to speak with a New Patient Coordinator.
The most identifiable cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, primarily through occupational contact. The majority of epidemiologic surveys have revealed a prior exposure to asbestos in approximately 70 to 80 percent of all cases of mesothelioma. Increased mesothelioma risk has been documented among workers in asbestos mines, insulation manufacture and installation, construction, shipbuilding, railroad […]
In the late 19th century, asbestos fibers became more popular among manufacturers and builders because their chemical, electrical and heat resistant properties make them very useful as building and insulation material. However, asbestos fiber inhalation can lead to neoplastic diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. In the mid 1980s, most uses of asbestos have been banned […]
Clinical trials are formalized research studies for determining the safety and effectiveness of new treatments. Generally they are prospective, meaning that rules for who can participate, how the research is conducted, what data are collected and how the results are to be interpreted are specified in advance. The rules are designed to minimize predictable sources […]
“I went to the hospital with no real thought of what might happen.I just knew I’d be coming back home. I was determined to move ahead and get through it.”
“The IMP team has saved my life, and I hope I am able to pay it forward.”
“The IMP team is like family when you are far from home, and they even make you feel a little bit like you are at home, in a way. They seem to miraculously appear just when you need them.”
“The best thing about this journey is to know how many good friends and family we have – people who were willing to do everything they could to help out.”