Find mesothelioma clinical trials at government web site

3 Dec 2008 by under News, Research/Treatment

Because of the nature of , and the fact that there is no known cure for it, many meso patients are particularly interested in alternative treatments or new medicines. There seems to be a willingness to try new things in an effort to find a cure, and also to help researchers learn more about so that they might help other people in the future. There is a government web site that can help meso patients find ongoing that are recruiting patients.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a web site registry that provides current information about federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of conditions, with trial locations all over the world. The site is searchable by condition, drug intervention, sponsor and location. The site also provides information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details. The information should be used in conjunction with advice from a patient’s health care provider.

The web site is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All data and search information on the site is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov. There is no charge for the service.

A clinical trial is a controlled study that allows physicians to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of new drugs or devices. Generally, investigators enroll a small number of patients or volunteers in a clinical trial in an initial pilot program, and then they may expand the program to include more patients or specific criteria as they gather more information. Clinical trials help researchers compare new treatments against other that are already established for treating a certain condition.

Here is a link to mesothelioma studies listed in ClinicalTrials.gov.

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