Clinical trials are conducted to test new or modified treatments to determine whether they are more effective in treating diseases. Medical researchers around Australia have been engaged in a long and ongoing quest to improve treatments and outcomes for those diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.
The following information has been compiled with the assistance of Clinical Professor Bill Musk, a respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth since 1978. Bill Musk has been Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia since 1992 and Clinical Professor of the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia since 1998. Click here to read Professor Musk’s profile.
Are there any experimental treatments that might help?
Clinical trials for new treatments are always occurring to find better treatments for asbestos-related diseases. You may wish to discuss being a part of a clinical trial with your treating specialist.
Are there any clinical trials that you would recommend for me?
This will depend on your own diagnosis. You will need to discuss this and the implications for you with your treating specialist. This will help you make an informed decision about taking part in a trial.
Patients are always encouraged to take part in clinical trials, as this is the best avenue for medical professionals to learn about diseases and finding better treatments.
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