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ASBESTOS RESEARCHERS SEEK ASSISTANCE

Survey looks to identify key topics for mesothelioma research

It has been reported by the Independent that “scientists looking into possible treatments for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma are asking patients and their families to help steer future clinical research”

The survey is being carried out as part of a project by the Priority Setting Partnership funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health says:

“It is vital that we gather and listen to the views of as many people as possible so everyone knows the topics that are a priority for clinical research

Mesothelioma research has been identified as an important area and everyone needs to hear what patients, carers, families and healthcare professionals believe are the most important unanswered questions around the diagnosis, treatment and care of mesothelioma.”

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung lining with a direct link between the disease and the inhalation of asbestos fibres. It can take around 30 years for the effects to be seen.

Progress in treatment long overdue

Latest government figures show the disease caused 2,291 deaths in Britain in 2011 and the disease is set to reach its peak in 2016.

The survey supporters include the British Lung Foundation and Mesothelioma UK. Graham Sherlock-Brown, who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, said:

“It is essential that research money is put into finding ways to relieve the suffering caused by this aggressive disease.

Progress in treatment is long overdue and mesothelioma victims deserve far better – very few survive past five years and mesothelioma will continue to claim victims as long as asbestos is present in the UK.

That’s why I’m pleased to see the launch of this important survey, which gives patients and carers a much-needed voice.”

 

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