Dr. David Sugarbaker

Since becoming a surgeon and developing the groundbreaking extrapleural pneumonectomy, Dr. Sugarbaker has been a crucial part of saving the lives of thousands of patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.


About Dr. David Sugarbaker

Dr. Sugarbaker attended MD Cornell University Medical College and obtained his medical degree in 1979, after which he went to Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1979 to serve his surgical residency followed by a two-year residency at Toronto General Hospital.

Not only is Dr. Sugarbaker regarded as the best thoracic surgeon who performs extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) when treating patients who are fighting pleural mesothelioma. He currently works at the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery as their chief thoracic surgeon. He’s also stays involved in research programs that search for better treatments for pleural mesothelioma.


How Dr. Sugarbaker Helps Patients

For the last 35 years, Dr. Sugarbaker has focused all his professional attention on helping patients who have been diagnosed with Stage 1 and 2 pleural mesothelioma. His devotion to his patients prompted him to develop the extrapleural pneumonectomy with chemotherapy and radiation that has changed the way mesothelioma is treated throughout the country.

During his career, he’s performed thousands of surgeries that have extended the lives of countless patients. Dr. Sugarbaker’s patients who follow his treatment program often live twice as long as patients who are under the care of a different doctor.


Dr. Sugarbaker’s Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Treatment

Dr. Sugarbaker became a leading pleural mesothelioma specialist when he developed his groundbreaking extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). When Dr. Sugarbaker performs his EPP treatment the section of the lung that’s been attacked by cancerous cells is removed. In addition to the diseased portion of the lung, Dr. Sugabaker also removes pieces of the diaphragm, a section of the pericardium, and the pleura. In addition to the surgery, many of Dr. Sugarbaker’s patients are also encouraged to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation which removes the microscopic cancerous cells that might have been missed during the surgery.

His patients not only experience an increased likelihood of going into remission after undergoing his prescribed treatment but also enjoy increased life expectancy and see a significant improvement in their quality of life.

Steps of the EPP Treatment Process

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Surgery

The purpose of Extrapleural pneumonectomy is the removal of diseased sections of lung, heart, and diaphragm. The removal of these items also removes the cancerous cells from the body, making it impossible for the cancer to infect other organs. The sooner the surgery is performed, the greater the patient’s chances of survival.

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Intrapleural Chemotherapy

In most cases, patients are encouraged to undergo intrapleural chemotherapy which is designed to kill any of the cancerous cells that were missed during the surgery.

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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is done in an effort to prevent the cancerous cells from returning. The radiation makes it impossible for the cancerous cells to regroup and eventually form tumors. Some patients are encouraged to undergo radiation treatment before their EPP surgery, while others have radiation treatment following the surgery.


How Patients Feel about Dr. Sugarbaker

During the 35 years, Dr. Sugarbaker has been treating patients, he’s been instrumental in saving thousands of lives. His former patients can’t stop complimenting his methods.

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