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New Frontiers in Surgery for Mesothelioma

Dr. Joe FriedbergThis session was held on January 30, 2014 with Dr. Joseph Friedberg of the University of Pennsylvania. During the call, Dr. Friedberg was interviewed by Mary Hesdorffer, the Meso Foundation's executive director and experienced nurse practitioner. Dr. Friedberg discussed mesothelioma surgery with an emphasis on photodynamic therapy, a type of treatment that uses light therapy to destroy cancer cells.

Dr. Friedberg is a surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania and has an interest in diseases of the pleura. His protocol involves laser treatments and photodynamic therapy, on which he has published a promising study. He heads several investigational trials unique in the world to develop treatments for advanced cancers and malignant mesothelioma, including the development of a lung cancer vaccine. He frequently performs video thoracoscopic procedures for the treatment of a wide variety of chest diseases, and is skilled in both open and minimally invasive approaches to cancer surgery.

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