Dr. Robert Cameron

How to Contact Dr. Robert Cameron

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Dr. Robert Cameron is presently the Director of Thoracic Oncology at University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and Department of Surgery. He also serves as the Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic and Surgical Oncology. At UCLA, Dr. Cameron is the Director of Thoracic Oncology and also the current Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Cameron is the co-founder and former director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Dr. Cameron is an expert in mesothelioma treatment and specializes in a multimodal approach to the disease, which is considered groundbreaking. His innovative treatment plans allow patients to not only extend their life expectancy, but also preserve their quality of life during those precious added years.

Educational Background

Dr. Robert Cameron went to Stanford University and graduated with degrees in medieval studies and biology. He then went on to attend the University of California, Los Angles School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Cameron continued at UCLA to finish his General Surgery Residency. He then continued on to complete an Oncology Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute and another Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cornell-New York Hospital. Dr. Cameron is Board Certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Cardiothoracic surgery is a top choice mesothelioma treatment for patients with pleural mesothelioma.

Innovative Treatment

Dr. Robert Cameron has over two decades of experience treating patients who have asbestos-related cancer. He also is the innovator of a technique that does not remove the diseased lung from a patient. This surgical procedure is call pleurectomy, which treats the mesothelioma cancer while sparing the affected lung. Dr. Cameron continues to be a fierce opponent of lung removal surgery, such as the extrapleural pneumonectomy.

He presently lectures all the around the country on this precise topic and his groundbreaking, multimodal approach in treating mesothelioma. He advocates for the lung-saving procedure because of the much lower incapacitating effects on patients and the possibility for cancer regrowth is slower. Dr. Cameron strongly believes that few doctors are treating mesothelioma effectively because the cancer is rare and extremely difficult to diagnose.

Some patients settle for sub-par treatment from doctors who are not mesothelioma experts and then suffer the consequences. This will continue to be an issue because mesothelioma is not going away even though the incidence of asbestos use in the United States has considerably dropped. The central issue is that the symptoms of mesothelioma can first appear 10-50 years after toxic exposure.

Dr. Robert Cameron is applauded in the medical community for his treatment viewpoints and approach to patient care. When he discusses with his patients the seriousness of mesothelioma, Dr. Cameron won’t talk about a cure because, unfortunately, there is no cure. He believes mesothelioma should be treated like other diseases that are constant and incurable, such as diabetes. Dr. Cameron also is committed to helping all military veterans who are suffering from a service-connected mesothelioma diagnosis. He currently manages the mesothelioma center at the VA Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of the very few VA treatment centers treating the rare cancer.