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New MDT for West Midlands

A new team is available at University Hospitals Birmingham to help diagnose and treat patients with mesothelioma.

The new Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meets to review patients from across the West Midlands to improve diagnosis, referrals and access to surgical and clinical trials. The MDT is funded by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

Led by Clinical Oncology Consultant, Qamar Ghafoor, the new MDT brings together leading healthcare experts including medical oncologists, clinical oncologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, lung cancer nurses, pathologists, radiologists and palliative care nurses.

Doctor Ghafoor said: “Data has shown that the West Midlands lags behind other parts of the country with regards to mesothelioma and the new MDT will be the first step to improving patient treatment and care.

Whereas, previously, we’ve referred patients to the established MDT in Leicester, the creation of this new team will give patients in the West Midlands the same access to medical expertise, locally.”

A spokesperson for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity added: “QEHB Charity exists to provide ‘added extras’ for patients and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, over and above that which the NHS can fund. The Charity is committed to supporting the best treatment available for patients with cancer and is proud to bring such a specialist service to Birmingham.”

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and Consultant Nurse, commented: “One of the aims of Mesothelioma UK is to ensure equal access to first-class treatment and care for all mesothelioma patients. We are delighted that the University Hospitals Birmingham is establishing this MDT and taking steps to give more people access to the medical expertise they need.”