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American Thoracic Society Conference Offers Sessions on Pleural Diseases Including Mesothelioma

The American Thoracic Society’s 2010 conference “Where Today’s Science Meets Tomorrow’s Care” will be held May 14-19, 2010, in New Orleans. Included among the many topics offered are various sessions on pleural diseases such as mesothelioma.

Pleural Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and is most commonly found in the outer lining of the lungs called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma has an extended latency period with symptoms sometimes taking between 20-40 years to appear. Treatment of mesothelioma typically requires a team of specialists including a pulmonologist, oncologist, thoracic surgeon and radiologist.

The ATS International Conference is the largest US meeting for healthcare professionals in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine‘s Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Nursing, will offer the President’s Lecture discussing “the challenges he faced convincing traditional scientists and quality and safety experts to adapt their viewpoints to include patient quality and safety as an area of science.”

Dr. J.M. Seely of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital is one of the chairs and speakers for the Thoracic Imaging event and will provide a session on Pleural Disease and Pleural Ultrasounds. Seely has previously presented topics and published research on mesothelioma including a paper entitled: “Malignant pleural mesothelioma: computed tomography and correlation with histology.”

See the full agenda on the American Thoracic Society website.

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Nancy Meredith is a blog and web content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. She has been writing about Mesothelioma for 4 years. Follow Nancy on Google+

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