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Mesothelioma

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 3/2013
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ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of cancer and how to treat it. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

Doctors are working to learn more about mesothelioma, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

New treatment approaches. Researchers are evaluating new treatments for mesothelioma, including several promising new drugs, gene therapy, and immunotherapy. Immunotherapy (also called biologic therapy) is designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer. It uses materials made either by the body or in a laboratory to improve, target, or restore immune system function. Learn more about immunotherapy.

Genetics of mesothelioma. Research is underway to identify genetic mutations that may cause mesothelioma. Other studies focus on finding blood markers (a substance found in higher than normal amounts in the blood of someone with cancer) that could help detect early-stage mesothelioma.

Supportive care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current mesothelioma treatments in order to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now.

To continue reading this guide, choose “Next” (below, right) to see a section about coping with the side effects of the disease or its treatment. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

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