Clinical Research and Treatment of
Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome

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Clinical Research to Help Patients with Interstitial Cystitis


Exciting New Research in Interstitial Cystitis

Posted by on January 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Interstitial Cystitis Study LLC is involved is several research projects looking at ways to help diagnose interstitial cystitis.  Right now we diagnose patients with interstitial cystitis by just talking with the patient.  There has been no definitive test that tells us if the patient has interstitial cystitis.  Physicians and patients are uncomfortable being tentatively diagnosed with this lifelong disease.  There are presently two research projects in progress that not only will confirm the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis but give us a marker to evaluate the severity of the disease and the response to therapy.

Interstitial Cystitis Study LLC is involved is several research projects evaluating new treatments for interstitial cystitis.  There are over 180 treatment options for interstitial cystitis as none of them really work well.  How can we develop a good treatment for interstitial cystitis if we don't understand the cause of the disease or the disease process?  We have a limited basic biological understanding of interstitial cystitis.  However, the previous research, which was often done over 20 years ago, now gives us clues and insights into the pathogenesis of interstitial cystitis when we integrate the information into our present day understanding of disease processes.  Interstitial Cystitis Study LLC is involved in four research projects that will evaluate new treatment options for interstitial cystitis.  These treatment options should help patients with interstitial cystitis as they have basic research results that support their efficacy.

Bringing a research project forward to actual patient testing takes time.  I have been working on these projects for over 2 years.  Pharmaceutical company and FDA approval is a slow process.  However, I keep pushing forward and it looks like several of these studies will start patient accrual in the next several months.  Please contact my office so you can be notified when a research study is available.  These are exciting times for our understanding and treatment of interstitial cystitis.

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