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Clinical Trials

New mesothelioma treatments are being evaluated in mesothelioma clinical trials, and we all hope for a mesothelioma cure. Mesothelioma clinical trials are research studies that evaluate new mesothelioma treatments for safety, effectiveness and through the research that is acquired will one day result in a mesothelioma cure. There are no guarantees that a treatment offered through a mesothelioma clinical trial will work, and because the treatments are in the trial stage, there are some risks. However, a mesothelioma clinical trial is not undertaken unless the researchers believe the treatment may have some value.

Each particular trial will have guidelines by which an applicant’s eligibility is determined. Factors such as the current Stage of a patient’s mesothelioma, the previous treatments used and the presence of other diseases or physical conditions will be considered. It is always necessary to contact the Clinical Trial directly and ask for eligibility requirements and additional information.

Following is a list of Clinical Trials that are currently searching mesothelioma patients that match the trial’s eligibility criteria. The Clinical Trials are organized by state, although most trials are conducted on an out-patient basis. However, the monitoring and check-up requirements of Clinical Trials generally limit a mesothelioma patient to participation in a program close to home because of the expense and stress of frequent travel. There are also ongoing Clinical Trials at many of the Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Alabama

Birmingham: University of Alabama
Contact: Karen Harper, RN, BSN
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
1824 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3300
Telephone: 205-934-5092
Fax: 205-975-2963
Email: Karen.Harper@ccc.uab.edu

California

Los Angeles: Tower Hematology/Oncology
Contact: Dee Volkerts, Study Coordinator
Tower Hematology/Oncology
8635 West Third Street, Suite 665W
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: 310-289-2848 ext. 122
Fax: 310-659-6592
Email: volkertsd@toweroncology.org

San Diego: Sharp Health Care
Contact: Cathy K. Wood, Manager, Oncology Research Program
Sharp Health Care
10835 Altman Row
San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone: 858-450-5990 ext. 269
Fax: 858-450-1272
Email: cathy.wood@sharp.com

Colorado

Denver: University of Colorado
Contact: Monica Robischon, Study Coordinator
University of Colorado
4200 East 9th Avenue, B-189
Denver, CO 80262
Telephone: 303-372-9108
Fax: 303-372-9129

Florida

Miami: Oncology Hematology Group of South Florida
Contact: Cathy Maxwell, Study Coordinator
Oncology Hematology Group of South Florida
8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite 300E
Miami, FL 33176
Telephone: 305-594-2141 ext. 286
Fax: 305-279-6880

Illinois

Chicago: University of Chicago Medical Center
Contact: Kathleen Chien, Study Coordinator
University of Chicago Medical Center, Section of Hematology/Oncology
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC2115
Chicago, IL 60637-1470
Telephone: 773-834-3137
Fax: 773-834-2484

Kentucky

Louisville: Kentuckiana Cancer Institute
Contact: Angie Longtin
Kentuckiana Cancer Institute
100 E. Liberty Street, Suite 502
Louisville, KY 40202
Telephone: 502-561-8200
Fax: 502-561-1178

Massachusetts

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
New Patient Coordinator: 617-732-5922
Research Study Coordinators:
Christine Dyer, MA
617- 732-5500 ext. 33858
Mollie Baird, MPH
617-732-6711

ALIMTA + Cisplatin + Surgery (Extrapleural Pneumonectomy) + Radiation
One Brigham Circle
1620 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120
Telephone: 617-732-5500 ext. 33858

Worcester: Umass Memorial Cancer Center
Contact: Judie O’Donnell, RN, OCN, Study Coordinator
Umass Memorial Cancer Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655-001
Telephone: 508-856-1385
Fax: 508-856-2257
Email: judith.odonnell@banyan.ummed.edu

New Jersey

Somerville: Somerset Medical Center
Contact: Jayne Craig, MS, RN, CS, OCN, Oncology Clinical
Research Coordinator
Somerset Medical Center
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
Telephone: 908-685-2481
Fax: 908-685-2989
Email: jcraig@somerset-healthcare.com

New York

New York City: Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Contact: Mary Hesdorffer, RN, BSN, Clinical Research Nurse
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-305-1252
Fax: 212-305-6891
Email: mp317@columbia.edu

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: Presbyterian Medical Center, University of PA Health
System

Contact: Pat Drobins, Study Coordinator
Presbyterian Medical Center, U. PA Health System
Medical Arts Building
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-349-8913
Fax: 215-349-5319

Tennessee

Knoxville: Thompson Cancer Survival Center
Contact: Sue Bales, RN, Manager, Clinical Trials
Thompson Cancer Survival Center
1915 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916
Telephone: 865-541-1893
Fax: 865-541-1162
Email: sbales@corhlth.com

Texas

Austin: Lone Star Oncology
Contact: Tracy Bell, Study Coordinator
Lone Star Oncology
11044 Research Boulevard, Suite B400
Austin, TX 78759
Telephone: 512-343-2103
Fax: 512-343-7086
Email: drjjjc@aol.com

Houston: S. R. Burzynski Clinic
Contact: Salim Qazizadeh M.D.
S. R. Burzynski Clinic
9432 Old Katy, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77055
Telephone: 713-335-5697
Fax: 713-335-5699
Email: info@burzynskiclinic.com

Houston: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Contact: Pam Lee, RN
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Thoracic Head & Neck Med Onc, Box 432
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: 713-792-7033 ext. 3141
Fax: 713-794-4583

Virginia

Charlottesville: H.O.P.E.
Contact: Jessica Winfrey, Study Coordinator
H.O.P.E.
459 Locust Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Telephone: 804-982-8410
Fax: 804-982-8420
Email: smgorsch@mjh.org

Newport News: Virginia Oncology Associates
Contact: Ora Mae Jackson, RN, Study Coordinator
Virginia Oncology Associates
895 Middle Ground Boulevard #200
Newport News, VA 23606
Telephone: 757-873-9828
Fax: 757-873-9876

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