Cameron Sees No Need for National Mesothelioma Registry

Thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Cameron, a longtime leader in the fight against pleural mesothelioma cancer, believes there is no benefit to establishing a government-funded national registry for the disease. While many of his colleagues support the idea of creating the first National Mesothelioma Registry, Cameron feels the time, effort and money spent would be better used elsewhere in helping patients. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is currently conducting a National Mesothelioma Registry feasibility study for this rare and aggressive cancer. As part of that feasibility study, NIOSH opened a public forum to obtain recommendations on a variety of topics. The comment period, which was expected to close July 8, was recently extended until Aug. 7. “A Registry would not be an effective tool in 2019 and beyond for improving mesothelioma care,” Cameron posted on the forum. “The amount of effort and funding necessary for this alone cannot possibly justify this expenditure.” Cameron Well Respected Internationally As an internationally respected pioneer in the field, Cameron’s opinion is expected to carry considerable weight. He is the director of thoracic surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and scientific advisor for the innovative Pacific Mesothelioma Center, which opened in 2002 under his direction. It has the only nonprofit laboratory in the U.S. dedicated to in-house research of mesothelioma. Through the years, Cameron...
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