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The Zumwalt Mesothelioma Treatment Program - The Best Medical Plan No Veterans Know About

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SOURCE Worthington & Caron

SAN PEDRO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For months now, patients and advocates (including Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.)) have been entreating former Secretary Shinseki and Under Secretary Petzel to simply notify patients and doctors within the vast VA network of the world-class treatment available to veterans suffering from mesothelioma as a result of service-related asbestos exposure.

About a year ago, the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles, California approved (but did not budget) the Admiral Zumwalt Mesothelioma Treatment Program. The program is headed up by Dr. Robert Cameron, a well-respected thoracic surgeon who has dedicated his life to the rational treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a cancer which disproportionately impacts US service veterans.

Dr. Cameron and his crew are eager to treat veterans. They have encouraged the VA to update its website and other social media about the existence of the program--notices that would alert veterans suffering from mesothelioma to the high quality treatment which is available them.

The mesothelioma treatment team at the West LA VA Medical Center is standing by to treat veterans and is putting forth an effort to educate our war heroes stricken with asbestos cancer that help is available.

According to the popular literature, about 4,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Of those, roughly a third were exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy. It's not a stretch to surmise that at least 600 Navy veterans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year--a diagnosis that carries a 9 month life expectancy with no treatment and 11-12 months with chemotherapy only.

Mesothelioma is a rare disease and few doctors are either interested or qualified to treat it with the full arsenal of options available.  It's a beautiful thing that a world-renowned surgeon like Dr. Cameron is willing to treat veterans.

Let us all educate veterans and caregivers within the VA system that the Zumwalt Mesothelioma Treatment Program is alive and well and eager to provide prompt, world-class treatment to veterans suffering from mesothelioma.

For more information, please contact Worthington & Caron ( or 800-831-9399.

Michael Bittner

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