Mesothelioma Treatment Options: Clinical Trials

By | Nov 30, 2016 | Mesothelioma

There are many clinical trials out there offering hope to asbestos victims. Clinical trials exist to study the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and procedures to treat the various asbestos-related diseases.

Measles Virus Treating Pleural Mesothelioma Patients

It has been found that a genetically-altered form of measles is effective in treating several cancers.

This clinical trial, located in Rochester, MN, is in its early stages and will help determine how patients tolerate the MV-NIS drug. Patients in all stages of mesothelioma may apply to enroll in the study.

Phase II Trial of Intraoperative Photodynamic Therapy

This clinical trial is a follow-up to a Phase I study, which held impressive results in advanced stage mesothelioma patients. The study utilizes photodynamic therapy in conjunction with radical pleurectomy, followed by chemotherapy. This treatment option was pioneered by Dr. Joseph Friedberg.

The trial is recruiting 102 participants and takes place in Philadelphia, PA and Buffalo, NY.

Anti-Angiogenesis Drug With Chemotherapy

This clinical trial tests the experimental drug, Cediranib’s ability to inhibit tumor growth in patients with pleural mesothelioma.  The drug works to block the development of blood vessels in tumors. Blood vessels provide essential nutrients for cancer growth, so blocking their development might be one key to inhibiting tumor growth. This clinical trial is ideal for patients who are no longer eligible for surgery.

Over 200 cancer centers across the U.S. are experimenting with this clinical trial, meaning there could be one close to your home.

Next Steps

Make sure you consult with a medical professional before enrolling yourself in a clinical trial of any kind. You can search for to see if there are more trials currently recruiting patients.

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