Clinical Trials for treatment of Mesothelioma

Because mesothelioma is very hard to control, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is sponsoring clinical trials designed to discover new treatments. Clinical trials are very important and the only way to discover if new treatment procedures or different drug combinations are better than what is available at present.

Before any new treatment can be used doctors have to conduct clinical trials in order to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and whether or not it is safe for general use.

The clinical trials carried out may include:

Participation in clinical trials can often be an option for many patients if the right medical circumstances are present. If you are asked to participate in any new trials, you will be monitored every step of the way during and after the treatment.

If you decide not to participate in a trial you do not have to explain your reasons, and your decision will be respected. All further standard treatment will be offered, and this will not change regardless of your decision.

People interested in taking part in clinical trials should discuss options with their doctor. Information regarding clinical trials is also available from the Cancer Information Service (CIS).