As we celebrate our freedom as a country, we also celebrate the freedom we have with our medical choices. Twenty years ago, if you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you were told to go home and get your affairs in order. Before the internet was commonplace, before mesothelioma academic research programs were established, your choices were limited. Twenty years ago there were no dedicated mesothelioma centers; no Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
Now, we live in a time where researchers have dedicated their professional lives to improving the treatment and to creating breakthroughs for a cure for mesothelioma. Some of the recent news of promising clinical trials and research is indicative of how far the war against mesothelioma has come.
Across the country and throughout the world there is collaboration among researchers, clinical trials, and professional organizations, working together to advance the cause. When new discoveries are revealed it is often through this collaboration, and through multi-centered clinical trials that they are able to bring potential new drugs to mesothelioma patients.
One example of international cooperation that hopefully will lead to lengthening and improving the lives of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma is the COMMAND study. The study is sponsored by Verastem, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. The focus of Verastem is on the discovery and development of drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells.
It is thought that cancer stem cells are an underlying cause of tumor recurrence and metastasis. The study is using the drug VS-6063 with pleural mesothelioma patients as part of a clinical trial. The clinical trial is currently listed as a phase 2, randomized, double-blind placebo, controlled, multicenter study. It is available in 67 study locations across the world. For more information on this study see ClinicalTrials.gov.
Continued co-operation will hopefully lead to a cure and freedom worldwide from this devastating disease.
If you have any questions about any aspect of your mesothelioma care, please email me at LHyde-Barrett@mesotheliomahelp.net.
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