A new wave of clinical trials are currently recruiting participants in the UK, with hopes to help find a cure for people suffering from mesothelioma.
With so little awareness of the dangers of asbestos and those suffering asbestos-related diseases, it can be difficult to know where to begin learning about the help, support and medical options open to those suffering mesothelioma.
For anyone that has unfortunately encountered this horrible disease, or seeking information on mesothelioma news, charity Mesothelioma UK’s newsletter provides quarterly updates on the asbestos-related disease, including news on research, funding, and care. The latest spring issue features a list of eleven new clinical trials currently recruiting for participants.
Clinical trials are a way to find and improve treatment for cancer, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Clinical trials may involve a combination of treatments or a variation in dosages. The findings of such trials are always a positive step closer to treating mesothelioma, many of which may have gone unnoticed but for the community of people whose lives have been changed by mesothelioma. Read more about a promising study by a team of scientists in France here.
For an up-to-date list and further information on mesothelioma clinical trials in the UK, see the NHS site.
MARS 2, a new radical surgery trial, compares the results of patients who have chemotherapy and those who also have pleurectomy decortication surgery. John Pickering and Partners, now part of Slater and Gordon, set up the John Pickering and Partners Charitable Trust which is funding the trial. Chemotherapy is usually given to help treat mesothelioma and sometimes decortication surgery is also undertaken. However, it is not known if this surgery, in addition to chemotherapy, can increase survival and improve the quality of life for patients. The MARS 2 Trial provides a unique opportunity to develop an insight into the surgery and see how beneficial the surgery is.
The Principal Investigator for the MARS 2 Trial is Mr Eric Lim, and the Trial Managers are Mrs Belinda Lees and Ms Claire Matthews. For more information, you can make contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have so many clinical trials available offers a real hope for the many people suffering from this dreadful disease. The Slater and Gordon chest and asbestos disease team have worked with many sufferers and families affected by mesothelioma.
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