Dr. Paul Sugarbaker’s Impact
“It’s what the surgeon doesn’t see that kills the patient.” – Dr. Paul Sugarbaker
Dr. Paul H. Sugarbaker is thought of as the world’s leading peritoneal metastasis professional. Related to the late David Sugarbaker, Dr. Paul Sugarbaker leads a parallel career, specializing in mesothelioma and cancerous malignancies that spread to the abdominal cavity. The doctor, currently affiliated with the MedStar Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, DC, has published over 1,000 articles, edited 7 books, produced 24 videos, and received 4 honorary professorships throughout his career. Additionally, he has developed, perfected, and popularized several cancer treatments such as perioperative intravenous and intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC and EPIC).
The Sugarbaker Mesothelioma Legacy
Everett Sugarbaker, a surgical oncologist, and his wife Geneva, a registered nurse, had 1o children. All their sons followed their parent’s footsteps by going to school for surgical oncology. Their 8th child, David was an internationally recognized thoracic surgeon, specializing in malignant pleural mesothelioma cancer treatment for 30 years. His brother, Paul, also carved his own path in mesothelioma research, specializing in peritoneal mesothelioma.
Dr. David Sugarbaker developed and standardized a particular treatment for abdominal cancers and mesothelioma. David’s life’s research was cut short when he unexpectedly passed at the age of 65. Although David passed in 2018, Paul continues to revolutionize the mesothelioma doctor industry and carries out David’s miraculous treatment technique.
What is the Sugarbaker Procedure?
The brothers have made great strides in the mesothelioma treatment community, including creating a new therapy for peritoneal mesothelioma. Often referred to as the Sugarbaker Procedure, the surgery is quite extensive and typically lasts up to 12 hours. The Sugarbaker technique involves the complete removal of the abdominal cavity, making it quite invasive. Dr. Sugarbaker’s surgery also includes a cytoreduction of the peritoneum with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma cancer.
The US medical community initially deemed the procedure too radical as there were no randomized trials to prove its worth. However, the Sugarbaker Procedure has become Paul’s signature treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma while at MedStar Oncology, one of the top medical centers for mesothelioma.
Dr. Sugarbaker’s Treatment Plan
Along with the Sugarbaker procedure, he utilizes several other mesothelioma treatment options and procedures to improve patients’ prognoses. In another treatment strategy, he combines the application of both the surgical removal of tumors and regional chemotherapy treatment directly into the open abdomen where the cancerous tumors are located. Additionally, he supplements other treatments, such as radiation, to make them more effective by adding HIPEC and EPIC. Techniques such as those employed by Dr. Sugarbaker typically ensure a better survival rate for peritoneal mesothelioma.
Published Mesothelioma Publications
The doctor has released many critical publications covering the complex world of cancer and its surgeries. Books such as Hepatobiliary Cancer, Management of Gastric Cancer, and Peritoneal Carcinomatosis: Principles of Management are all available to medical professionals and average citizens alike.
Additionally, he has many medical publications on topics such as gastric cancer prevention and treatment, when to perform a colon resection, and much more. His publications allow other medical professionals to understand the complex world of peritoneal cancers.
How Can I Contact?
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If you are a patient diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, Dr. Sugarbaker may be able to help you. He is currently affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. To get in touch with Dr. Sugarbaker and his team of mesothelioma doctors with questions, reach out by using one of the following contact avenues:
3629 Fulton St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Fax Number: 202-844-2552
E-mail: [email protected]