While mesothelioma is considered an incurable form of cancer, new drugs and treatments may result in improved quality and length of life. Clinical trials of new cancer drugs offer hope to mesothelioma victims.
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Potential Benefits Of Mesothelioma Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are studies for the safety and/or effectiveness of new drugs and procedures to treat specific diseases. Clinical trials usually have three stages:
- Stage 1: Tests the safety of the drug in a small group of patients.
- Stage 2: Tests the safety and efficacy of the drug in a larger group of patients.
- Stage 3: Compares the drug’s safety and efficacy to the current standard of care in a large group of patients. Stage 3 clinical trials are usually blinded, with some patients receiving the current standard of care and some receiving the new drug or treatment.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine keeps a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. lists current clinical trials for mesothelioma. As of November 2017, there were 330 clinical trials for mesothelioma. Eighty-six of these trials were recruiting patients.
Any trial of a new drug or procedure carries potential benefits and risks. Some drugs may prove to be more effective than the current standard of care. Other drugs may be less effective and may have unacceptable side effects. Before you make any decision about whether to participate in a clinical trial, you should discuss potential treatments with your doctor.
Legal Information For Mesothelioma Patients And Their Families
For more than 40 years, Brayton Purcell LLP has represented clients affected by the devastating effects of asbestos-related cancer. Our California mesothelioma lawyers will work hard to help you recover damages from those responsible for your asbestos-related disease. For a free evaluation of your potential case, contact our team of mesothelioma lawyers.