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Clinical Trials and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that attacks the various linings of the body, called the mesothelial cells. This lining appears around the inside of the abdominal cavity, as well as the thoracic cavity, heart, and even the testes. Its job is to secrete a lubricating fluid so that none of your organs become irritated through friction against each other or the inside of your body cavities.

It was not until the middle of the 20th century that doctors and researchers discovered that mesothelioma is its own type of cancer. Doctors at a hospital near an asbestos mine in South Africa found a lung disease that was eating away at miners, yet it did not respond to tuberculosis treatment. After much research, they found that it was mesothelioma attacking the lining of the lungs.

Dealing with Mesothelioma

Because mesothelioma is a relatively recently identified cancer, there are not yet any guaranteed treatment options for dealing with this powerful disease. Of course, you can always undergo one of the standard treatment practices for cancer, or perhaps a combination of them:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy

Often, doctors will first remove the tumor, if it is operable, then you may have to have radiation or chemotherapy to try to kill any remaining cancerous cells.

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are tests being performed on humans that try to learn the safety or effectiveness of using a certain drug or treatment. As mesothelioma is fairly new, there are many clinical trials available for you. If you choose to try a clinical trial, you often must meet certain eligibility requirements. When you participate in a clinical trial, you are assuming that there is risk involved, but there is also the chance of finding a new, useful treatment.

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Many people were exposed to asbestos before they realized that it is almost the sole cause of mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with this cancer, you should find out as much as possible about your disease before you make decisions for treatment. For more information regarding mesothelioma, please fill out the contact form located at the top of this page.

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