Free Mesothelioma Information Packet

Sloan-Kettering Mesothelioma Cancer Center

Contact Information

Tel: 212-639-2000
Address: 1275 York Avenue New York, NY 10021

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Program

At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the team of mesothelioma experts realize that while mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer, patients deserve the highest level of care available and the Sloan Kettering mesothelioma program speaks to that. The mesothelioma treatment team consists of an interdisciplinary group of oncologists including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and researchers working in concert in their mission to treatment patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Surgical experts working with the Sloan Kettering mesothelioma team include noted thoracic surgeon Dr. Valerie Rusch. Radiation oncologists work closely with mesothelioma patients, with particular attention paid to the advantages of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Chemotherapy experts and medical oncologists are now not only administering established chemotherapy regimens to pleural mesothelioma patients, but also conducting clinical trials to determine new cocktails and drugs for mesothelioma treatment.

Particular attention is paid to the whole treatment process for patients battling mesothelioma. This includes support of not only the patient undergoing treatment but also for primary caregivers and loved ones. Physicians and cancer specialists will keep open the lines of communication with patients, loved ones, and family members to ensure complete understanding of the entire treatment process.

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Patient Resources

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to assistance in all aspects of a patient's cancer diagnosis. While the center recognizes that anyone's life will be changed by a cancer diagnosis, they encourage healthy and productive life thereafter. The cancer center therefore offers several different approaches for patients at different stages of the diagnosis. They offer help for the newly diagnosed, by counseling patients in how best to live their lives after a positive diagnosis of cancer.

In addition Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is also unique in that it operates a specific program for elderly cancer patients, whose perception of the disease can be decidedly different than other patients. The center prides itself upon its inclusion of all people involved in a cancer diagnosis, from the oncologist to the spouse, into the treatment or cancer management plan. This is how the center has distinguished itself among not only other similar facilities but in the hearts of patients and families.

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Chemotherapy

Nearly all mesothelioma patients will receive some form of systemic chemotherapy throughout the course of treatment. The most commonly administered is a cocktail of Alimta© and cisplatin. Research has shown that these drugs will extend survival and facilitate a better quality of the life in those diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. This treatment is generally administered once every 21 days depending on patient health, efficacy of the drug, and other determinants.

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Surgery

The majority of mesothelioma patients are diagnosed in the later stages of the tumor’s development and, as such, are not generally good candidates for total tumor resection. However, some level of surgery, be it palliative or to eliminate the buildup of chest cavity fluid will be necessary in most patients of mesothelioma. For those patient’s fortunate enough to have the tumor discovered before metastasis, they may indeed be eligible for total tumor resection. This may involve the removal of the entire pleural, the entired affected lung, or both of these structures in an extensive procedure known as extrapleural pneumonectomy.

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Radiation

Radiation is used in many different treatment scenarios for mesothelioma patients. Among the more exciting radiation therapy mechanisms utilized at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is intensity-modulated radiotherapy, which is a sophisticated and planned radiation exposure that targets the tumor in a dosage not damaging enough to disturb surrounding structures. Radiation however, is more common in complementary care following mesothelioma surgery. Those receiving radiation therapy after surgery will typically wait six weeks in recovery before beginning radiation cycles once a day for five to six weeks.

Sloan Kettering Mesothelioma Doctors

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center features some of the world’s leading physicians in the treatment and research of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The mesothelioma treatment team features surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists all working together to deliver the best possible treatment program to each individual mesothelioma patient. Please read about some Sloan-Kettering mesothelioma physician highlights below.

Dr. Lee M. Krug

Mesothelioma Program Director

As a thoracic oncologist, Dr. Lee Krug is responsible for caring for patients with lung cancers and malignant pleural mesothelioma. As the director of the Sloan Kettering mesothelioma program, Dr. Krug’s group led a national study of early-stage diagnosis mesothelioma patients examining the efficacy of a tri-modal therapy. Tri-modal approaches to mesothelioma involve the use of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy within a single treatment regimen. Dr. Krug is also leading a stage III trial of the drug vorinostat in mesothelioma patients already diagnosed with an alternative chemotherapy regimen. Dr. Krug serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Dr. Valerie Rusch

Chief of Thoracic Surgery

As the chief of thoracic surgery serving in the Sloan Kettering mesothelioma program, Dr. Valerie Rusch is intimately involved the diagnosis, treatment, and staging of patients diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Dr. Rusch stresses the importance of strongly integrated, multidisciplinary care in the treatment of mesothelioma. With 25 years experience in thoracic surgery, Dr. Rusch has seen hundreds of mesothelioma patients, and possesses an intimate knowledge of surgical care for these patients. Among the many thoracic surgeries performed through the Sloan Kettering mesothelioma program are pleurectomy, pneumonectomy, and extrapleural pneumonectomy.

Driving Directions

Driving from Brooklyn and Staten Island:

  • Via the Williamsburg, Manhattan, or Brooklyn Bridges, or the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel
  • Exit onto the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Drive, and take the FDR Drive north (uptown).
  • Exit FDR Drive at 61st Street. Continue one block on 61st St. and turn right on to York Avenue. Continue north for six blocks.

Driving from the Bronx, Westchester, and New England:

  • Via the Triborough Bridge to Manhattan
  • Exit the bridge onto the FDR Drive South
  • Take FDR Drive south to the 71st St. exit. Proceed one block on 71st Street and turn left on York Avenue. Continue south for three blocks.

Driving from Queens and Long Island:

  • Via the Triborough Bridge
  • Exit the bridge onto the FDR Drive South
  • Take the FDR Drive south to the 71st St. exit. Proceed one block on 71st St. and turn left on York Avenue. Proceed south for three blocks.

Driving from Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey:

  • Via the G.W. Bridge
  • Merge onto I-95 North
  • Take the Harlem River Drive/Amsterdam Avenue exit.
  • Keep left at fork in the ramp.
  • Merge onto Harlem River Drive; Proceed South.
  • Stay straight to go onto the FDR Drive South
  • Take the FDR Drive south to the 71st St. exit. Continue one block on 71st St. and turn left on York Avenue. Proceed south for three blocks.


Helmsley Medical Tower
1320 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 1-800-HM-Tower

Affinia Gardens
215 East 64th St.
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 1-866-AFFINIA

Midtown East Courtyard by Marriot
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 1- 800-894-6380

Alternative Business Accomodations
Phone: 212-445-0494

Equity Corporation Housing
Phone: 212-367-7368

Public Transportation:

Subway Information is available regarding fares at all subway stops, here are the locations closest to Sloan-Kettering

  • The 6 stops at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.
  • The Q stops at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street.
  • The N, R, 4, 5, and 6 stop at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Bus - There are various bus routes that also reach Sloan-Kettering. Information is specific to your starting point and can be gathered at any public bus station.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.