Working with the IMP
Among the most important factors for patients in dealing with the possibility of a mesothelioma diagnosis and the reality of a prolonged and often grueling treatment and recovery period is confidence in the expertise of their physicians and health care organizations.
Physicians, scientists, and all the team members at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) believe in the importance of a coordinated approach to care, not only because it boosts patients’ confidence, but because it improves outcomes.
When a patient comes to us for evaluation, among our first tasks is to establish communication with the patient’s primary care physician and oncologist. We keep local doctors informed throughout the evaluation period and discuss our findings. We combine our findings with local doctors’ knowledge of the patient and, using all this information, we work together to develop a consensus treatment program. The goal is to enable patients to receive as much of their care as possible close to home.
For patients who do not have an oncologist, we can work with the patient’s primary care physician to identify and engage a local oncologist who is knowledgeable about the current treatment options for mesothelioma. The IMP clinical team has established a national network of oncologists with whom we have worked over the years.
Physicians are encouraged to contact the IMP team directly at any time. We can be reached via phone (1-866-MESO-BWH, or 1-866-637-6294), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or through our online referral form.