Few medical diagnoses can stop you in your tracks faster than cancer. If you worked with or near asbestos during your life, you probably are struggling to come to terms with your mesothelioma diagnosis. After all, there are currently few treatment options for this aggressive type of cancer.
That may be changing in the not-too-distant future. According to reporting from My Champlain Valley, researchers at the University of Vermont are ready to proceed with clinical trials for a new treatment. The treatment uses the waste from mesothelioma cancer cells to kill the cells themselves.
The production of waste
When they are growing, cancer cells naturally produce waste. These cells take advantage of your endocrine system to remove waste before it becomes toxic to the cells. Researchers believe they can interfere with waste removal, potentially using toxic waste to attack mesothelioma cancer cells.
A promising treatment
Researchers are constantly looking for ways to treat mesothelioma and other types of cancer. As you may suspect, many theories lead to dead ends. Therefore, treatment options rarely proceed to clinical trials. By reaching that stage, University of Vermont scientists have shown some promise in their treatment approach.
Clinical trials are only one step in a long line of processes that lead to new cancer treatments. While there is still future work to do, the latest clinical trials should give you some newfound hope. After all, researchers are likely to learn a great deal about mesothelioma and treatments during clinical trials.
Ultimately, until there is a cure for mesothelioma, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation for your asbestos-caused illness.