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Novel immunotherapy treatment clinical trials underway

Patients suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other solid tumors may be eligible to participate in clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda Maryland involving the use of immunotherapy agents which target the tumor antigen mesothelin. Dr. Raffitt Hassan, M.D., is the head of the Solid Immumotherapy Section and is currently conducting clinical trials involving two different immunotherapy agents for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The first trial, referred to as a Phase 1B study, is to evaluate the safety and immune response to the IV infusion of CRS-207 combined with Pemetrexed and Cisplatin in patients with pleural mesothelioma. The second trial is a pilot study of Pentostatin plus Cyclophosphamide Immune Depletion to decrease immunogenicity of SS1P in patients with mesothelioma. Like the first trial the agent, Pentostatin is administered by IV infusion. Both trials are being conducted at NCI in Bethesda by Dr. Hassan. For further information contact NCI and Dr. Hassan at

Top Rated Healthcare for Central Florida Mesothelioma Patients

Comprehensive care for mesothelioma patients and other Floridians diagnosed with cancer is now avaialable through the Central Florida Health Alliance.  The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute has affiliation agreements to improve the delivery of quality healthcare to cancer patients in Lake, Sumter, Marion Counties and the entire Central Florida Region.  The Moffitt Cancer Center at the Villages Regional Hospital and the Cancer Care Center at Leesburg Regional Medical Center work with Moffitt affiliated doctors and oncologists to improve mesothelioma and cancer treatment outcomes for their patients through the increased availability of advanced treatment options.  This brings the interdiscplinary team approach at Moffitt in Tampa, and the highest level of cancer care, to the community level without patients having to travel miles away from their homes.  Mofitt's internationally renowned physicians are available to collaborate to carry out the treatment plans and monitoring requried for the best possible care.

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