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Mesothelioma Treatment in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America which treat Mesothelioma patients.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc


Mesothelioma is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).


Mesothelioma is treated at Galenia Hospital

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Marinee Torres Aguilar

Medical Oncology

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Mesothelioma is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.


Mesothelioma is treated at San Javier Hospital

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.


Mesothelioma is treated at Hospital Punta Pacifica

Listed oncologists:

Dr. Roberto Ivan Lopez

Head of Medical Oncology Department

Dr. Keith Britton, MD, Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Specialist

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.


Mesothelioma is treated at San Angel Hospital

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.


Mesothelioma is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.


Mesothelioma is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

San Fernando Hospital

One of Panama’s largest hospitals, offering a wide range of medical specialties and fully equipped facilities. Clinica Hospital San Fernando was the first hospital in Panama to be accredited by the JCI.


Mesothelioma is treated at San Fernando Hospital

International Bio Care Hospital

A unique hospital that uses integrative medical approach for treating cancer patients, Autoimmune Degenerative Diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other so called "Chronic diseases". Treatment methods are individually tailored for each patient.


Mesothelioma is treated at International Bio Care Hospital

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Victor Loustaunau, MD

Medical Hyperthermia

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About Mesothelioma Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


Mesothelioma is cancer that affects the mesothelial cells. These are the cells that cover the outer surface of our internal body organs, forming a lining that is sometimes called the mesothelium. Mesothelium can develop in the tissues covering the abdomen and the lung.

Types of mesothelioma
  • Pleural mesothelioma – this type of cancer grows in the tissues covering the lungs
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma – this type of mesothelioma grows in the tissue lining the inside of the abdomen

Mesothelioma risks and causes

The primary risk factor for getting mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral found in the environment and when it’s broken up it creates dust particle that when inhaled, settle in the linings of the lungs or stomach and cause irritation that leads to mesothelioma.

Other factors that increase the risk of mesothelioma include:
  • Personal history of asbestos exposure be it at home or work
  • Staying with someone who constantly works with asbestos
  • A family history of mesothelioma

In order to reduce the risk of mesothelioma, one must reduce his/her exposure to asbestos. It is important for one to follow the following guidelines to limit the chance of getting mesothelioma:

  • You should find out if at work you are exposed or work with asbestos
  • All safety rules and regulations should be complied with those who work in fields with a high risk of asbestos exposure.
  • Consult an expert if you find asbestos in your home as it is dangerous for someone without training to handle asbestos.

Test and diagnosis of mesothelioma

If the signs and symptoms might indicate the possibility of having mesothelioma, the doctor is required to do the following tests to confirm.

  • Physical examination to check for lumps
  • Imaging scans such as X-rays and a computerized tomography scan of the chest area to look for any abnormalities.

When the finding are inconclusive, further tests are needed to be performed to confirm if the symptoms are truly for mesothelioma or another disease. They include:

Biopsy – involves removal of a small portion of tissue that is subjected to laboratory examination. The tissue sample will be analyzed with the aid of a microscope to determine whether the irregular tissues is mesothelioma. A biopsy is a proven way to confirm mesothelioma.

Staging of mesothelioma

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the doctors will require determining the stage of cancer. Imaging test that will be performed to help determine the stage of the cancer include:

  • PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computerized tomography) scans
  • Ultrasound scans
  • Mediastinoscopy – an examination of the central area of the chest (mediastinum)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Once the extent of the mesothelioma is determined, a cancer stage will be assigned. It starts from stage 1 which is considered localized to stage 4, which is considered advanced cancer that has spread to distant areas of the body.

Treatment of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive disease and for most people, the cure is not possible, if it is diagnosed late when it is not possible to remove cancer through surgery. Treatment options include:

  • Surgery – the surgeons remove the mesothelioma if it diagnosed at an early stage. However, surgery is not recommended to everyone.
  • Chemotherapy – use of chemicals to kill the cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy – focusing of high energy beams to the affected area. Radiation might be used to kill all the remaining cells after surgery.

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