Mesothelioma Doctors in Canada
Dr. de Perrot
Dr. Marc de Perrot is a renowned surgeon who primarily focuses on surgery for end-stage lung diseases, with a specific interest in mesothelioma. He obtained his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Dr. de Perrot is now a senior scientist and surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and the Cancer Clinical Research Unit at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Head of the Toronto Mesothelioma Program.
Dr. de Perrot became an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2009 after years of dedicated clinical work and research.
Dr. John Cho
John Cho MD, Ph.D., FRCPC, is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a radiation oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
He obtained his MD from Queens University, followed by his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam. He has an FRCPC designation in radiation oncology.
Along with Dr. de Perrot, Dr. Cho helped pioneer SMART, Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy. Cho indicated that three-year mesothelioma survival rates had jumped a whopping 32% to 72% after SMART treatment.
SMART has now become the standard way of treatment for qualified mesothelioma patients at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (see below for additional information).
Both Drs. de Perrot and Cho are also currently researching early screening, diagnosis, radiation, and how immunotherapy could treat mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Treatment Centers in Canada
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
As part of the Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Mesothelioma Multidisciplinary Program is one of the best of its kind in Canada. According to the centre’s official website, their healthcare team specializes in “mesothelioma and provides comprehensive interprofessional care to patients.”
Contact: (416) 946-4501
Other cancer treatment centers in Canada that may offer mesothelioma and asbestos-related treatment (you may need a referral) include:
- Centre for Southern Interior, Kelowna, British Columbia
- Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Ontario
- Margaret and Charles Juravinski CC, Hamilton, Ontario
- London Regional Cancer Centre, London, Ontario
- Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
- McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec
- Allan Blair Cancer Centre, Regina Saskatchewan
- Vancouver Cancer Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
- L’Hospital Laval, Quebec
Things to Consider
Canada currently has a socialized medical insurance system, which means it may be quicker to get quality mesothelioma care in the U.S.
Regardless of which doctor and which treatment center you choose, the majority of mesothelioma doctors rely on multi-modal treatment options, which can be a combination of the three main types of treatments: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
However, keep in mind that the physicians who pioneered SMART are at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This means that the treatment obtained there may be different in that it’s considered an innovative approach that other treatment centers don’t yet offer.
Before choosing a mesothelioma doctor and treatment center, factor in the stage of the disease, as some mesothelioma doctors are more experienced in handling the late stages of the disease than others.
You should also consider your age and health. Some doctors may specialize in surgery, but not all patients will qualify for surgery due to age or additional health-related issues.
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Dave has been a mesothelioma Patient Advocate for over 10 years. He consistently attends all major national and international mesothelioma meetings. In doing so, he is able to stay on top of the latest treatments, clinical trials, and research results. He also personally meets with mesothelioma patients and their families and connects them with the best medical specialists and legal representatives available.