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"Right to Try" legislation and mesothelioma patients

There is a lot of talk and publicity regarding one's rights. One of the most recent rights addressed is the Georgia resident's "Right to Try." Under this new legislation, terminally ill patients are given the right to try experimental drugs that have not been fully cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For some mesothelioma patients, this may offer an element of hope.

For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, the future can appear bleak. Such a diagnosis often carries with it a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and a limited chance of surviving more than five years. Currently, there are new drugs working their way through the FDA approval process. However, a new drug has not been approved in almost 15 years. This "Right to Try" legislation may offer a yet unexplored avenue for some patients.

Although mesothelioma is considered to be a rare form of cancer, to those whom it affects, it is not considered to be a rare occurrence. In fact, in most cases, the individual does not know he or she has been exposed to the asbestos that causes this disease until it is too late. In fact, it may be a number of years before the cancer presents itself.

Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Georgia resident has a number of medical, financial and emotional decisions that will need to be made. In some cases, it may be advantageous to pursue legal action against those believed responsible for introducing the cancer causing agent to its victim. Experienced legal counsel can assist in determining the appropriate avenue in making this decision.

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