Participating in a clinical trial for mesothelioma gives a patient a chance to participate at the cutting edge of medicine and gain access to novel therapies, new chemical weapons, and advanced techniques not yet available to everyone. Overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these clinical trials are a critical part of evaluating new mesothelioma and asbestos cancer treatments. As scientists and doctors look to improve cancer care and search for a cure, participants in these trials are not only receiving access to cutting edge drugs and treatment options, they are also making a valuable contribution to science.
To learn more about clinical trials for mesothelioma patients, including risks, benefits, eligibility, and treatment options, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is here to help. For clinical trial referrals, please contact the Mesothelioma Foundation's Medical Liaison:
Mary Hesdorffer, Nurse Practitioner
Information for Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Patients
- Finding New Treatments for Mesothelioma: The development of new treatments for mesothelioma is a complicated, expensive, and time consuming process. This is made even more so by the risks inherent in trying "unproven" treatments. Mesothelioma clinical trials are not the beginning of the research process, but are often the last steps before a drug, procedure, or tool can be released to the medical community as safe to us. While the Meso Foundation can be your guide to finding trials and treatment options, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Center Watch also offer a listing of mesothelioma clinical trials…
- Benefits of Mesothelioma Clinical Trials: While there is no question that without mesothelioma clinical trials the development of new procedures and medicines would come to a virtual standstill, however, this may or may not be of much concern to a newly diagnosed mesothelioma patient facing a prognosis of a short median survival time. While, it is true that clinical trials are somewhat altruistic, i.e. they benefit your fellow man, the next victim of mesothelioma, but this shouldn't be the primary motivation for participating in trials. With almost no "standard" treatments for mesothelioma in the medical kit bag, clinical trials are the most effective and sometimes the only way a new patient can access state-of-the-art treatment…
- Risks Of Mesothelioma Clinical Trials: Regardless of phase, all clinical trials entail some risks to the patient. The primary risk is that the treatment may not work and the patient may continue to get worse. In addition, because trials are offered in limited settings, being in a trial may involve additional time, travel, expense and effort on the part of the patient. Since one of the primary objectives of a clinical trial is to establish the safety of the treatment, it stands to reason that some participants may experience side effects that could range from being uncomfortable to being life-threatening...
More Info on Mesothelioma Clinical Trials
In addition to contacting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the following are a few additional resources for finding mesothelioma trial information: