While a cure for cancer remains elusive, you have likely heard of promising developments in cancer research. Areas that have made strides in reducing tumor growth include immunotherapy, using biomarkers to develop personalized treatment and even freezing cancer cells. For the first time, there is real optimism among cancer researchers that significant strides are upon us or in the near future.
Wondering whether you should participate in research?
Patients suffering from mesothelioma do not have the luxury of patience. While cancer research is making strides, many mesothelioma patients do not have any time to wait. That is why patients may wish to explore participating in clinical trials. In addition to helping cancer research, participation may involve obtaining treatment otherwise unavailable.
As a law firm that helps mesothelioma patients obtain compensation after exposure to asbestos, we are not recommending one course of treatment over another, nor do we recommend or discourage anyone from participating in a clinical trial. All medical decisions should be made by patients working with their health care providers.
We do, however, believe that patients should be informed. If you are wondering about existing clinical trials, whether you are looking to participate or simply want to know what is going on in the field of mesothelioma cancer research, you can browse the trials funded by the National Cancer Institute or those published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
It is important to remember that just because it is published does not mean it has been evaluated by the government. All patients should speak to their health care provider about the risks and potential benefits of participating in any clinical trial.
As cancer research continues at a furious pace, it is our hope that continued improvements will allow those diagnosed with mesothelioma to live longer and healthier lives.