If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have a lot of important decisions to make, such as determining which treatment plan is right for your individual case. Often, clinical trials are a way for cancer patients to gain access to treatments that would not otherwise have been available to them.
A clinical trial is a carefully controlled research study that is conducted with volunteer patients in an effort to learn more about promising new treatments or procedures.
The first step in joining a clinical trial is to ask your doctor whether there are any trials in process or in planning at the hospital you work with. You can also call the American Cancer Society’s clinical trials matching service at 1-800-303-5691 or the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
If you wish to take part in a clinical trial, you must meet certain requirements. It is best to discuss these requirements with your doctor, so that you can make an educated decision as to the best plan for you.