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Meso Web-Surfers: Beware of Hidden Rocks

mesothelioma contact forms

Dozens of websites would have you believe that they are in some official capacity associated with a doctor.

They suggest that by filling out a form, they will arrange to set up an appointment for you with a well-known and respected doctor. By so doing, they imply that they have a special if not formal relationship with that esteemed doctor and his employer, and that the famous doctor has endorsed their company.

All of these suggestions are false.

It's common sense that if you want to schedule an appointment with a doctor, no matter how famous he or she is, or where they practice, you simply need to call that doctor's office.

Mesothelioma is a rare tumor and options are limited. There are regrettably only a handful of skilled surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and immunologists who hold themselves out as "experts" in treating Mesothelioma patients. Each of these doctors, whether it's Dr. David Sugarbarker, or Dr. Harvey Pass, or Dr. Robert Cameron, are I'm sure flattered to be recognized as experts.

Trust Me I'm a Doctor

But, to my knowledge, none of these doctors has officially sponsored or endorsed a mesothelioma marketing firm.

We suggest the following model be used in helping patients find the best medical care. List the doctor's name, specialty, experience, and contact information.

For example:

Dr. Robert Cameron, MD

UCLA Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist, Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA

Contact Administrator Martha Martinez at (310) 470-8980.

Dr. Robert Cameron, MD

West Los Angeles Veteran Administration Chief of Thoracic Surgeon

Contact Cardiothoracic Surgery Case Manager Almaz Tesfasilase at (310) 268-4543.

Dr. Robert Cameron, MD

Pacific Mesothelioma Center Scientific Advisor

Contact Executive Director Clare Cameron at (310) 478-4678.

Web-surfers: finding a doctor is not a fun process, time is precious and anxiety is high. Beware of marketers masquerading as medical liaisons. Don’t let them exploit your vulnerability.

Here’s a list of a few sites that purport to act as agents for scheduling appointments with Dr. Robert Cameron, the UCLA Medical Center and the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center: