Is a clinical trial right for me?
Newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients generally have many questions about their treatment options.
Treatment can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma, location, and stage, as well as the age and overall health of the patient. But a typical mesothelioma treatment plan may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy.
In addition to these standard treatment options, patients may be able to participate in clinical trials.
What are clinical trials?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging, a clinical trial is medical research performed on individuals. Clinical trials are intended to evaluate medical and surgical interventions.
There are typically four phases of clinical trials – three of which are typically required by the FDA.
A Phase I trial is the preliminary trial involving a small number of participants. The goal of this phase is to determine if the treatment is safe and whether there are any side effects.
Phase II involves a larger number of participants – typically up to 300. The goal of this phase is to determine the effectiveness of a drug or treatment on individuals with specific diseases or conditions.
Phase III involves an even larger number of participants – up to 3,000. The goal of this phase is further testing to monitor how the drug or treatment interacts with other medications, how different dosages affect participants, and more. At this stage, if the effects of the treatment are deemed positive, the FDA will give its approval.
Phase IV takes place after a drug or treatment has received FDA approval. The safety and effectiveness of the treatment will continue to be monitored.
Interested in participating in a clinical trial?
Clinical trials can lead to advancements in medical treatments. By participating in clinical trials, patients can play a part in improving treatments and ultimately outcomes for sufferers of various conditions and diseases.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be able to participate in a clinical trial. Ask your doctor whether there are any clinical trials that you may be a candidate to participate in.
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