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Dr. Marcelo DaSilva, Director of the International Midwest Mesothelioma Program at the Cardinal Bernadine Cancer Center, discussed innovative approaches to mesothelioma treatment during the May 27 “Ask the Nurse” series event.

[M]esothelioma, as we all know, is a dreadful disease, but we have hope, we have ways to treat those patients.

A discussion with nationally recognized mesothelioma expert Dr. Marcelo DaSilva highlighted the most recent “Ask the Nurse” series live chat hosted by

“We are passionate about mesothelioma care, but mesothelioma, as we all know, is a dreadful disease; but we have hope, we have ways to treat those patients,” Dr. DaSilva said during the May 27 live-streamed event, which featured a discussion of the progress being made in developing effective and innovative approaches to treatment. “I think the future of mesothelioma patients is bright.”

The discussion can be viewed in full at the “Ask the Nurse” section of the website. The series is a part of the website’s ongoing efforts to provide mesothelioma patients and their caregivers with accurate advice, access to treatment and other forms of support.

Dr. DaSilva is Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, and Director of the International Midwest Mesothelioma Program at the Cardinal Bernadine Cancer Center. He is also a co-director of the Bernadine Center’s Lung Cancer Program and Professor of Medicine at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.

Additional topics covered in Dr. DaSilva’s May 27 Web chat included:

  •     An overview of Dr. DaSilva’s pleural and abdominal mesothelioma programs
  •     Early diagnosis of mesothelioma among patients who have been exposed to asbestos
  •     Mesothelioma symptoms
  •     Factors that determine treatment plans
  •     Outreach efforts to community agencies.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically attacks the linings of chest and abdominal organs, particularly the lungs. The only known cause of the disease is exposure to asbestos, a compound once widely used in construction and insulation.

Lisa Hyde-Barrett and Eleanor (“Ellie”) B. Ericson, both registered nurses with extensive experience working with mesothelioma patients, hosted the wide-ranging discussion with Dr. DaSilva. They are the regular hosts of the “Ask the Nurse” series.

Barrett is a thoracic surgery nurse with 25 years of experience and is the resident expert for Ericson has worked at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, since 1985. The two also run the support service website,

A Frequently Asked Questions section on mesothelioma and links to earlier “Ask the Nurse” broadcasts can be found at the site.


Founded in 2013, is an online community dedicated to serving mesothelioma patients and their caregivers. provides accurate, up-to-date information about the disease, research summaries, blogs and links to resources, including access to specialists and treatment centers, financial and legal advice, nutrition and lifestyle information and advocacy resources. The site hosts an “Ask the Nurse” video series based on live web chats. For more information and a free mesothelioma information kit, submit the site’s contact form or call (212) 681-1575.

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