Director, Mesothelioma Program / Thoracic Chemo-Radiation Program
As director of the mesothelioma program at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston, Anne Tsao M.D. is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on malignant mesothelioma.
Tsao earned her medical degree from the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Indiana University in Indiana and an additional residency at the University of Texas. Before joining the staff at M.D. Anderson, she also completed a fellowship at the facility. Board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Tsao specializes in thoracic, head, and neck oncology and serves as director of the Mesothelioma Program at the hospital.
Dr. Tsao and her colleagues at Anderson have penned many articles providing a large amount of information for many professional journals and have been involved in numerous clinical trials involving the treatment of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that is often diagnosed in advanced stages and difficult to treat.
In articles in publications such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Tsao has discussed the impact of novel therapies, the importance of clinical trials, and controversial issues such as the use of extrapleural pneumonectomy in the treatment of the disease. She has also campaigned for the use of intrapleural therapies as well as gene therapy and immunotherapy for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma and lectures nationally and internationally on these subjects.
Tsao has also performed studies involving smoking history and its impact on the prognosis of those with non-small cell lung cancers like mesothelioma. She has also stressed the need for chemo-prevention, the use of natural, synthetic, or biologic chemical agents to suppress cancer in high-risk populations or prevent carcinogenic progression to invasive cancer.
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