Our Philosophy of Care
The specialists at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) bring more than 20 years of clinical and research experience into focus to achieve one goal – providing quality life extension leading to a cure.
We believe that “it takes a village” to provide the full spectrum of specialized care that mesothelioma patients and their families deserve.
Our team includes a wide array of specialists, including 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 all work to provide world-class care, personalized to address the unique needs of every patient, in a supportive and compassionate environment. This is our philosophy of care.
Our mission encompasses treatment, research, and support of patients and families.
- Our clinical focus is on developing the most effective, cutting-edge treatment strategies that can significantly extend patients’ lives.
- Our research focus is collaborative – to bring together basic, translational, and clinical researchers who seek to understand how and why the disease develops and to translate those findings into improved patient care.
- Our supportive focus involves social workers, pastors, and palliative care professionals who work together to improve the quality of life for patients, their families, and others.
The IMP’s goals include:
- pioneering the latest, most advanced therapies
- coordinating a translational research program to improve diagnosis, screening, and treatment
- collecting historical data and identifying risk factors that lead to the development of mesothelioma
- assisting scientists who study the biological mechanisms of mesothelioma
- training additional specialists
- building a database of patients to identify geographical areas for outreach
- establishing satellite assessment centers in high-prevalence areas
- identifying international centers for potential research collaborations.