VA treatment hospitals

VA treatment hospitals are able to provide some of the best care in the nation to veterans who have been affected by a wide variety of illnesses and ailments. While VA healthcare and its facilities were initially considered to be on a lower tier than care provided by private companies and institutions, the VA system of hospitals has improved significantly in the last 30 years, attracting some of the best doctors in the nation and gaining a reputation beyond the borders of the United States as one of the most comprehensive care programs for veterans in the world. With over 1,400 centers for treatment across the country, the VA is able to specialize in a large number of areas, from mental illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and bi-polar disorder to physical ailments such as amputations, chronic pain, and a wide array of cancers. One of the most important types of cancer that is the focus of several VA facilities is mesothelioma, a type of malignant and aggressive cancer that occurs as a direct result of exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Veterans are at higher risk than those in the civilian population to develop this type of cancer, as asbestos was widely used in all branches of the military - particularly the Navy - for the better part of 50 years. Over the course of one or multiple tours of duty, many veterans inhaled large amounts of asbestos fibers, any of which could become stuck in the lining of the lungs, heart or stomach. Years or decades later, these veterans developed mesothelioma as a result of abnormal cell growth brought on by these fibers, and because of the high number of veterans now being diagnosed with mesothelioma, VA treatment hospitals are taking a greater interest in developing techniques to combat this illness.


In order to access any VA treatment hospitals, a patient must be a veteran themselves, the child, parent or spouse of a veteran or an actively serving member of the military. An online application for VA benefits is now available, but many veterans feel more comfortable attending their local VA facility in person in order to fill out the necessary paperwork. As with any healthcare-related service, the amount of information needed and the length of time it takes for the forms to be completed are substantial, but once an application of benefits has been approved, a veteran or their loved ones will have access to any of the VA treatment hospitals in the country. This means that even if a mesothelioma center is across state lines or on the opposite coast, it can be chosen as a veteran's treatment center, and eligible veterans and their families are entitled to receive treatment there. Several centers in the country are notable for their work in mesothelioma treatments, including the VA treatment center in Greater Los Angeles and the VA center in Boston. Dr. Robert Cameron of the VA in Los Angeles is known internationally for his work in lung-sparing surgery for patients with early-stage mesothelioma. In addition, the VA treatment hospital in Boston is in close proximity to the International Mesothelioma Program.

The most common types of treatments for mesothelioma found at VA treatment hospitals are trimodal treatments, which feature a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. These techniques are especially effective for those who have been diagnosed with the cancer in its early stages - any veteran who begins experiencing stomach or lung issues and believes a possible asbestos link exists should immediately contact their doctor. Trimodal therapy allows for radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells, chemotherapy to reduce the tumor further or completely destroy it, and surgery to remove the tumor from the body. While no definitive cure for mesothelioma has yet been discovered at VA treatment centers, the techniques they are developing not only provide effective palliative care, but are helping to significantly extend the life of veterans who are suffering from mesothelioma.

If you're looking for more information about VA treatment hospitals in your area and across the country, contact us today. We're proud to bring the experience of retired LCDR Carl Jewett to the table, a 20-year Navy veteran and Executive Director of the Veterans Assistance Network who has come on board to work with us and provide detailed knowledge about not only the process of obtaining VA benefits and treatment, but the ongoing efforts of VA hospitals to address the needs of veterans struck by mesothelioma across the country.

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