Attention Veterans!


The VA Is Here to Help

Little-Known Program Provides World-Class Treatment to Vets Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center (WLAVA) provides free health care evaluation for veterans from all over the nation who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related malignant mesothelioma.

Since 1998, the WLAVA has partnered with UCLA Medical School to develop rational strategies to treat mesothelioma. Through this partnership, the same innovative treatments offered at UCLA, one of the world’s leading mesothelioma treatment centers, are also available to veterans at the WLAVA. These treatments include lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication surgery, cryoablation, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and a specialized approach to treating sarcomatoid mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is difficult to correctly diagnose. The WLAVA also has expert pathologists available to review slides, tissue and clinical data to confirm or rule out the cancer.

Military veterans account for over one-third of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma. This little-known program at the WLAVA ensures that world-class treatment, typically reserved for privately insured patients of teaching hospitals, is available to servicemen and women exposed to asbestos while serving their country.

For specific VA Health Services for Mesothelioma, click here and select ‘Thoracic Surgery Chest/Lung’

Mesothelioma Expert Dr. Robert B. Cameron

Dr. Robert Cameron is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital.

Dr. Cameron is also a Professor of Clinical Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the UCLA Medical School. Additonally, Dr. Cameron is the head of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA and serves as the Scientific Advisor of the Pacific Mesothelioma Center.

Dr. Cameron pioneered the innovative lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication surgical procedure for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. He has been performing this procedure since the early 1990s. He’s operated on hundreds of meso patients. He has authored or co-authored more than 35 papers regarding oncology, thoracic surgery, and other topics in medical journals. And he’s leading the charge at the PMC laboratory on immunotherapy research and clinical trials. Dr. Cameron’s team at the WLAVA. includes doctors and nurse practitioners who specialize in the areas of pathology, radiation, pulmonary (lung), oncology (cancer) and anesthesia. All have extensive experience with diagnosing and treating malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Elmo Zumwalt Treatment & Research Center

In 2013, the Mesothelioma Center for Excellence at the WLAVA was renamed the Elmo Zumwalt Treatment & Research Center. An Admiral in the United States Navy, Admiral Zumwalt was exposed to asbestos while serving his country on naval ships. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died in 2000.

The U.S. Navy, of course, is the most well-known branch of the military associated with asbestos exposure. As many as one-third of all cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma are diagnosed in veterans, particularly Marine and Navy veterans.

Please click here to review Dr. Robert Cameron’s proposal introducing the ‘The Admiral Elmo R. (“Bud”) Zumwalt, Jr. Mesothelioma Treatment and Research Center(s)’


If you suspect you are suffering from an asbestos-related cancer or have been diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, we strongly encourage you to request a consult with Dr. Robert Cameron at the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center at the WLAVA.

Nurse Lien Hua-Feng will arrange a consultation with you, either online via Zoom or via telephone, or both.

Worthington & Caron

At Worthington & Caron, PC, our motto is “Asbestos Lawyers for Life.” The meaning is twofold – we are 100% committed getting asbestos cancer patients the justice they deserve and the life-extending medical treatment they need.

Since 1989, Worthington & Caron has been representing asbestos cancer patients and generated over $2.5 billion dollars in settlements and verdicts, including:

  1. $26.6
    To a 62-year-old former drywaller who was exposed to dust on residential and commercial jobsites in Southern California.
  2. $18
    To a 67-year-old government employee who was diagnosed with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma after exposure to talcum powder and body and shave talc products in California.
  3. $13
    from a jury in Los Angeles which unanimously found that Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which they sold from the 1930s to 1995 caused our client’s malignant mesothelioma.
  4. $10.9
    for the family of a former plumber and race car enthusiast who was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in 2012 at the age of 58 in Fresno, California

In addition, Worthington & Caron’s overwhelming commitment to mesothelioma research sets us apart from other lawyers. We have donated to this cause more than any other law firm we are aware of.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer or mesothelioma, please contact us.