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Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Updated on November 16, 2016


A clinical trial in lay terms is a research study using volunteers. Its purpose is to find cures or treatments for diseases such as mesothelioma or other serious health conditions and to determine the benefits and effectiveness of specific treatments for medical conditions. They are also used to check the safety and/or effectiveness of new drugs, the best way to administer the drug, and the proper dosage to use. Researchers must first conduct animal or laboratory studies that produce positive results before they try a new procedure or drug on human subjects in a clinical trial. An example of a typical mesothelioma clinical trial determines whether a treatment is safe and effective.


There are many Mesothelioma Center recruiting patients for a new clinical trial on treatment of mesothelioma. For instance, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University is recruiting patients for a new clinical trial on treatment of mesothelioma with targeted radiation and chemotherapy. This multimodality treatment is an innovative approach led by oncologist Dr. Robert Taub. Clinical trials are also known as clinical research studies. When clinical trials are adequately monitored with caution, they are highly effective and are also safe, in determining treatments that improve human health. Patients get the chance to benefit from the immediate access to new treatments, while giving their own contributing to the medical community's knowledge.

Everyone with a particular disease is eligible for a clinical trial. However, each study has specific set guidelines and standard for participants in order to be sure the study results are accurate. All trial participants in all phases must fit a certain profile which may affect whether you’re eligible or not. Eligibility for mesothelioma trials for instance are often specific as to age, how long it has been since therapy, stage of disease, and other characteristics. Some trials allow only patients who have not tried other form of treatment while others only take those who have used some failed treatment. Anyone interested in participating in any clinical trial of any form should have a thorough discussion about the particular trial with their doctor before making a decision on whether it is right for them or not. This is because all clinical trials carry potential benefits and risks, and it is important to completely understand the procedures and the risks involves so that you are not shocked at any stage of the trial.

Your doctor should be able to give advice on which trial is best for you. It is also very important that you have a complete understanding of the trial and what it will costs in case you are on Medicare because your Medicare policy may not cover the cost of the trial although clinical trials are usual founded by some national bodies. For instance, cancer clinical trials are currently covered if:

  1. The trial is funded by:
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • The NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
  • The NCI-Sponsored Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups or
  • Other Federal agencies that fund cancer research.
  1. The goal of the trial is to diagnose or treat cancer (cancer prevention trials are not covered).


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