How can you find clinical trials for mesothelioma prognosis?
Traditional treatment for mesothelioma typically involves radiation and chemotherapy – as with most other types of cancer. But because of the serious nature of asbestos-induced illnesses, these standard therapies may only offer palliative options (i.e. relieve your pain rather than minimize the disease or spread of the disease).
If your prognosis is not optimistic or you want to seek alternative treatment, pursuing a clinical trial may offer you different treatment options that are not commonly available.
Types of mesothelioma in clinical trials
Clinical trials for mesothelioma are usually offered for pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma – the two most common forms of mesothelioma. Clinical trials test methods that have yet to be approved by the FDA as standard therapies for the illness.
Sometimes they involve off-label uses of existing FDA-approved medications and sometimes they may test new chemotherapy drugs, new combinations of chemotherapy drugs, new types of surgery and brand new therapies that are under development.
Clinical trials for mesothelioma treatment
One recent survey used an oncolytic virus in hopes of addressing protein issues that increase the growth of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Another pleural malignant mesothelioma trial, now completed, attempted to slow cancer growth by using an immunosuppressant drug to attack proteins that “feed” the cancer. Yet another trial tested the combination of two chemotherapy drugs that are typically used after surgery to check if using them prior to cancer removal surgery as well as after would improve the efficacy of the therapy.
Clinical trials for other mesothelioma needs
Some studies address preventative and psychological issues surrounding mesothelioma. One trial out of Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center examined how to best address mesothelioma patients’ emotional well-being. The study tested out a method of providing online emotional support to provide services to the patients in their homes. Another study from Wake Forest looked at a potential genetic link to the risk of developing mesothelioma.
Why participate in clinical trials?
For some, participating in clinical trials can offer hope of an innovative treatment that may slow the progress of their cancer. For others, participating in clinical trials is about helping scientists and medical professionals find answers about the origins and progress of the disease to help develop future therapies. To see what clinical trials are currently recruiting participants, go to ClinicalTrials.gov and search for “mesothelioma” to see which trials are active.
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