New treatments and drugs are continually being tested at cancer centers across the United States to find more effective ways to fight mesothelioma. As mesothelioma researchers complete the testing of new treatments, drugs or procedures in the lab, research is then moved into clinical trials. These trials are designed to test the effectiveness and safety of experimental treatments before they can be approved and recommended for regular use.
There are four different types of clinical trials, each designed to find new treatments, improve quality of life, prevent or screen for mesothelioma or other diseases. These different types of clinical trials use four phases to test new mesothelioma treatments. Each phase answers different questions for researchers and as a new treatment successfully completes one phase it can then proceeds on to the next.
These clinical trials can give mesothelioma patients in California the opportunity to access the latest mesothelioma treatments available while helping doctors to better understand mesothelioma and treat patients in the future. If you are interested in participating in one of these tests, you should discuss your options with your doctor.
Not everyone is eligible to participate and The National Institute of Health provides a complete list of the ongoing trials.
If you wish to learn more about the trials that may be available to you, CLICK HERE to contact a California mesothelioma specialist to learn more.