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What are clinical trials and why should I participate?

Clinical research studies, or clinical trials, are studies completed with the help of human volunteers. These trials help determine the benefits and effectiveness of specific treatments for medical conditions. Carefully monitored clinical trials are highly effective, and also safe, in determining treatments that improve human health. Patients can benefit from the immediate access to novel treatments, while contributing to the medical communities' knowledge.

 

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

A mesothelioma diagnosis is a serious one, but it is not one without hope. There are a variety of treatments available, and a number of ongoing clinical trails.

Trial Status: we do our best to keep the current status (closed, currently recruiting, upcoming) of each clinical trial up-to-date. Several clinical trials are listed at ClinicalTrials.gov as "currently recruiting" despite the estimated completion date having been long past. The contact for a particular clinical trial is your best bet to discover if a particular clinical trial is still open and recruiting.

Glossary: To help you as you read through these clinical trials, we have glossary of terms and their definitions. Words underlined with a dashed line are part of the glossary; to see their definition, simply click on the word.

Clinical Trials.

Photodynamic Therapy During Surgery in Treating Patients With Pleural Malignancy

Purpose: This pilot clinical trial studies photodynamic therapy during surgery in treating patients with pleural (the protective lining or membrane that covers the lungs and chest cavity) malignancy. Photodynamic therapy is an anti-cancer treatment that combines a photosensitizer (a substance that makes cells more sensitive to light), such as porfimer sodium, together with oxygen and visible light to kill tumor cells and/or damage the tumor’s blood supply. Intraoperative (during surgery) photodynamic therapy may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery.

Study of the Glutaminase Inhibitor CB-839 in Solid Tumors

Purpose: Many tumor cells, in contrast to normal cells, have been shown to require the amino acid glutamine to produce energy for growth and survival. To exploit the dependence of tumors on glutamine, CB-839, a potent and selective inhibitor of the first enzyme in glutamine utilization, glutaminase, will be tested in this Phase 1 study in patients with solid tumors.

This study is an open-label Phase 1 evaluation of CB-839 in patients with advanced solid tumors. The study will be conducted in 2 parts. Part 1 is a dose escalation study enrolling patients with locally-advanced, metastatic and/or refractory solid tumors to receive CB-839 capsules orally three times daily. In Part 2, patients with each of the following diseases will be enrolled: A) Triple-Negative Breast cancer, B) Non-Small cell Lung cancer (adenocarcinoma), C) Renal cell cancer, and D) mesothelioma. All patients will be assessed for safety, pharmacokinetics (plasma concentration of drug), pharmacodynamics (inhibition of glutaminase), biomarkers (biochemical markers that may predict responsiveness in later studies), and tumor response.

Feasibility of an Early Palliative Care Intervention for Metastatic Cancer Patients. A Phase 2 Study

Purpose: The objective of this phase 2 study is to evaluate the feasibility of an early palliative care intervention for metastatic cancer patients. Feasibility will be assessed in terms of percentage of patients that accept the proposal of the early palliative care intervention and that effectively start to be followed in the palliative care out-patient clinic. The study will be performed in a consecutive series of newly diagnosed patients affected by lung cancer (NSCLC or SCLC, stage IIIb, IV), mesothelioma (stage II, IV), pancreas (stage IV), stomach (stage IIIb-IV).

http://www.mesotheliomacenter.org/clinical_trials/?p=430

Please note: the estimated primary completion date for this study of April, 2014 has passed. However, it is not listed as closed by ClinicalTrials.gov. Inquire with the study contacts (view full clinical tiral post) to determine if they are still accepting participants or for more information about the treatment protocol.

Combination Therapy of F16IL2 and Paclitaxel in Solid Tumour Patients

Purpose: This Phase Ib/II study is an open label, multicenter study.

The study is divided in two parts:

Phase I: an open-label, dose escalation study of F16IL2 in combination with paclitaxel for patients with solid tumours, bladder cancer, breast cancer, metastatic melanoma, mesothelioma, NSCLC, prostate cancer and sarcoma amenable to taxane therapy.

Phase II: a prospective, single-arm, multicentre study of a fixed dose of F16IL2 in combination with paclitaxel, equivalent to stage 1 of the Simon two-stage phase II design, for patients with metastatic melanoma, breast cancer and NSCLC amenable to taxane therapy.

ATREUS – Phase II Study on the Activity of Trabectedin in Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM)

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether trabectedin is effective in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM).

MPM PDT Phase II Trial

Purpose: A randomized Phase II trial to test whether the addition of intraoperative Photofrin-mediated photodynamic therapy to radical pleurectomy and post-operative chemo.improves OS in the treatment of patients with epithelioid MPM. Subjects assigned to the PDT arm will be given the photosensitizer prior to surgery . All subjects will receive maximal surgical debulking. Subjects in the PDT arm will receive intraoperative treatment using real-time, isotropic light dosimetry.

CART-meso in Mesothelin Expressing Cancers

Purpose: Phase I study to establish safety and feasibility of intravenously administered lentiviral transduced CART-meso cells administered with and without cyclophosphamide in a 3+3 dose escalation design in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, serous epithelial ovarian cancer, or pleural mesothelioma. Dose: 1-3xE7 /mE2 (Cohort 1 and 2) and 1-3xE8 /mE2 (Cohort 3 and 4 ) CAR+ T cells by intravenous route. In the event of 2 DLTs at each dose level, we will dose deescalate by 10-fold.

Two-Part, Open-Label, Multi-Center, Phase 1/2 Study of BIW-8962 as Monotherapy in Subjects With Lung Cancer

Purpose: This Phase 1/2 study is designed to assess the following: safety and tolerability of BIW-8962, Dose Limiting Toxicities (DLTs), Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD), Recommended Phase 2 Dose (RP2D) in Phase 1 in subjects with advanced/recurrent lung cancers or mesothelioma and preliminary efficacy in Phase 2 in subjects with advanced/recurrent Small cell Lung cancer.

Tomotherapy Treatment for Mesothelioma

Purpose: mesothelioma is an incurable cancer involving the lining of the lung. Patients usually suffer progressive symptoms of shortness of breath and chest pain, until they ultimately succumb to the disease. While a very small number of patients qualify for aggressive treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and enjoy long-term survival, the vast majority of patients have incurable disease. The treatment options currently available, including chemotherapy and radiation treatment, are only modestly effective at alleviating symptoms and improving life expectancy. This trial explores the use of new radiation technology (tomotherapy), to treat mesothelioma more aggressively than has been possible before. Tomotherapy’s ability to treat unusual shaped tumours, particularly when they are wrapped around sensitive normal tissues (the lung), enable higher doses of radiation to be used and this may improve its effectiveness. We will treat 17 patients with tomotherapy and assess the breathing, symptoms, and quality of life of the patients before and after treatment

Phase II Study of Adjuvant WT-1 Analog Peptide Vaccine in MPM Patients After MSK10-134

Purpose: The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if the Wilms tumor-1 (WT1) vaccine, when given in combination with montanide and GM-CSF, can help to prevent or delay mesothelioma from coming back after surgery and treatment. The safety of this vaccine will also be tested.

Montanide and GM-CSF are designed to cause white blood cells to grow, which may help to increase the immune response.

WT1 is a protein in cancer cells that regulates gene expression and causes cell growth. mesothelioma tumors usually have high levels of WT1. The WT1 vaccine is designed to cause the increased immune response created by other drug combinations (like montanide and GM-CSF) to be directed at mesothelioma.

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Last Updated: November 25, 2013. 09:27:54 pm.