When tumour cells originate in the fibrous layers lining different organs, such as the pleura in the lung or the peritoneum in the gastrointestinal tract, this refers to pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma.
More rarely, they can affect the layers surrounding the heart (pericardium) or the testicles, producing pericardial or testicular mesothelioma.
The Service's team of professionals accompanies cancer patients throughout the whole disease process.
A clinical trial is a research study carried out on people with the aim of learning more about how the body reacts to certain treatments. These trials generally seek to find drugs that are more effective than the current best therapeutic option for patients, or that have similar efficacy but a better toxicity profile.
Bearing in mind that almost all currently available treatments are the result of clinical research, the importance of clinical trials is obvious.
The IVO has a clinical trials unit for all types of tumours and participates in phase 1-3 studies as well as other types of studies.
Whether you receive the news of an initial diagnosis of cancer or a relapse, coping with cancer can be emotionally overwhelming. Each person has their own way of coping with a mesothelioma diagnosis, but there are some recommendations that can help you through this process: