The profile of the fight against the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, was raised internationally during a series of recent healthcare seminars in Japan.
Liz Darlison, Director of Services for the Mesothelioma UK charitable trust was invited by the Japanese Government to speak at the:
- Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency seminar (the Government organisation in charge of the Asbestos-Related Health Damage Relief Fund)
- International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum’s lung cancer seminar, talking to thoracic oncology healthcare professionals about mesothelioma
- World Conference on Lung Cancer, attended by around 7,000 thoracic oncology professionals from over 100 countries
Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects around 2,500 a year in the UK alone and is caused by exposure to asbestos. The UK has the highest incidences of the disease in the world.
Liz Darlison is also a mesothelioma consultant nurse, based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Commenting on her time in Japan, Liz said: “It was a real honour to be asked to speak at these events, in particular to share my experiences of care and treatment in the UK with Japanese government officials. It’s testament to Mesothelioma UK’s strong reputation as a leading organisation in the care and treatment of asbestos-related disease patients that we were in their radar.
“I’m always delighted to share best practice to highlight mesothelioma and hopefully improve the treatment and care that patients receive.”