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Dr. Richard Alexander

The Mesothelioma Treatment and Research Center at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC) is an internationally recognized center specializing in diagnosis, treatment, and research of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Dr. Richard Alexander, Professor of Surgery and Associate Chairman for Clinical Research, is recognized as a leading international expert in the treatment and research of peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare but incurable cancer arising from the membranes of the abdominal cavity. It is associated with asbestos exposure. Almost 1 in 10 people diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in the U.S. come to the Mesothelioma Treatment and Research Center at the University of Maryland for consultation or treatment.

There is limited research and knowledge of this disease, and treatment options are severely limited. Important research efforts are now underway at the center to discover new and more effective treatments. A recent major discovery in Dr. Alexander’s laboratory showed that specific genes and proteins drive the growth of peritoneal mesothelioma. This breakthrough discovery, published in January, 2011 in Cancer, is acknowledged as one of the biggest advances in peritoneal mesothelioma research in a decade, and will be the foundation for new and more effective treatments for patients with mesothelioma.

Gifts from supportive donors, grateful patients, and private industry have been an integral part of the success of the Mesothelioma Treatment and Research Center and are vital to the continuation of this momentum and leadership in cancer care. They are also an affirmation of the future – to finding treatments and potentially a cure for cancer – to end the suffering of those with cancer.

Philanthropy will be an integral part of the capacity to revolutionize the way cancer is diagnosed, treated and prevented. The groundbreaking, innovative mesothelioma research being done by Dr. Richard Alexander requires tremendous resources. The need for private financial support is critical to enhance the laboratory facilities to provide state-of-the-art research space and instrumentation, to cover the costs of sophisticated equipment, and to provide seed funding for the best and brightest junior investigators. Mesothelioma research in particular is understudied and underfunded. Continued research discoveries will lead to new and more effective treatments.

Please consider a gift of any amount to help Dr. Alexander advance our knowledge about mesothelioma, and to help find better and more effective treatments for patients suffering from its devastating effects.