Although mesothelioma is considered a terminal illness, there are some options that you can try to treat it. One of the things that patients can look into is the potential for treatment through clinical trials. Clinical trials are wonderful options because these new medications need to be tested and could be the right medication to reduce the impact of mesothelioma in a patient.
Every trial is different, and it's important that patients take the time to educate themselves on the types of clinical trials they may be interested in. For instance, you may want to try a phase III or IV trial, since they are generally the safest and have been through tests previously. For people with little to lose due to advanced stages of the disease, a phase II trial may be better suited to their needs. Typically, phase I trials are only performed on healthy individuals.
How do clinical trials work?
Clinical trials are designed to test the efficacy and safety of medications prior to release to the public. They may be randomized, which means that not everyone who participates will receive the medication. In randomized trials, everyone is treated as if they're receiving the real medicine, but some people will receive a placebo. This helps the researchers identify how well the medication works during the testing phase.
Certain clinical trials will require you to meet qualifications, such as having mesothelin-positive pleura or tumors related to asbestos exposure.
If you are interested in a clinical trial, you may be able to receive access and potentially be paid for your time, too. Your attorney can work with you to make sure you have access to the financial support you need to look into every possible treatment.