One of the ways medical experts learn how to treat health conditions is through studying the results of clinical trials. Mesothelioma is one such condition that utilizes clinical trials to search for a cure or an effective way to address the condition.
Unfortunately, participating in clinical trials presents a certain amount of risk. For example, the treatment under study may cause unpleasant side effects. However, for many mesothelioma patients, the potential benefits of trial participation are worth the risk.
What are the benefits of participation?
As you may know, mesothelioma remains incurable in most patients, but participating in a trial often gives patients early access to potentially effective treatments. The treatments tested in clinical trials may improve your quality of life or slow the disease’s progression. Other benefits include:
- Access to high-quality care and regular check-ups
- Fill an active role in your treatment and healthcare
- Contribute to the future of mesothelioma treatment
- Access to mesothelioma resources and support
Your participation could also help researchers and medical professionals find a cure for mesothelioma.
What are the risks of participation?
Along with potentially experiencing uncomfortable side effects, trial participants face other risks, including:
- You experience no change in your condition
- Treatment may be less effective than your current approach
- You may experience lifestyle inconveniences
- Participation may require travel
Since most clinical trials use control groups that do not receive any treatment, you may receive placebos that do nothing to address your condition.
Does trial participation affect your legal rights?
A legitimate clinical trial should have no impact on any legal remedy you are considering. However, learning more about your legal options and the clinical trials you want to participate in can further protect your rights.