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Firms urged to act as study shows 5,000 deaths a year linked to asbestos

By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent Firms are being urged to do more to tackle the impact of asbestos after a study found that 5,000 deaths a year are linked to past exposure to the cancer-causing material. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) said people were still…

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CHURCH PHARMACY MAKES £3,000 DONATION

Healthcare company supports Mesothelioma UK with donation of £3,000 Church Pharmacy, a healthcare company specialising in medical aesthetics and clinic supplies has donated £3,000 to Mesothelioma UK. The donation is part of the company’s charity initiative, Church Pharmacy Cares, and will help to support Mesothelioma UK’s core services for patients…

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New report on asbestos in schools

A new report, ‘Asbestos in UK Schools’ by Teddy Burcke has been released to highlight the alarming amount of asbestos that remains in the UK’s post-war school buildings. Asbestos in schools poses a deadly threat to teachers, other educational employees and especially pupils. There are now a rising number of…

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MesoTrap clinical trial update

MesoTRAP is a pilot clinical trial and feasibility study looking at symptom management for patients with trapped lung to determine the best treatment for patients with mesothelioma and pleural effusion. It compares video-assisted surgery (thoracoscopic partial pleurectomy/decortication) with indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) in patients with trapped lung. There is also…

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Specialist cancer nurse in Southampton gets funding for full-time post

Helen Wilkes was appointed in 2018 as the first Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist in the UK to focus on helping armed forces personnel and veterans affected by asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. Helen’s role has now been extended to a full-time position after funding was secured from two associated charities. Helen is…

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Get ‘MORE’ from Mesothelioma UK

The MORE (Mesothelioma Outcomes, Research and Experience) Survey commenced at the beginning of January 2019 and follows the previous Mesothelioma UK patient and carer survey undertaken in 2012. So many developments in treatment and care have occurred since then and Mesothelioma UK is inviting mesothelioma patients to have the opportunity…

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JDR Cable Systems Ltd selects Meso UK as 2019 charity

JDR Cable Systems Ltd, a global expert in subsea cables and umbilicals, provides the vital connection to both the renewable energy and oil & gas industry. The company has announced that its chosen charity for 2019 will be Mesothelioma UK, along with local support group PRASAG (Paul Readhead Asbestos Support…

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Wellbeing course for Armed Forces personnel and veterans

Armed Forces personnel and veterans who are living with cancer are being offered a week long, residential wellbeing programme by Odyssey Project Limited. Odyssey runs short, deeply engaging courses based around outdoor activities and art, to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of people living with cancer and their close…

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MiST trial opens for recruitment

Leicester is leading the development of the world’s first molecularly stratified umbrella study, Mesothelioma Stratified Therapy (MiST). This trial will utilise a molecular profiling panel to identify patients who are eligible for treatment. The second step will be to stratify patients for treatment, based on molecular eligibility. Patients would receive…

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Women, men and gendered experiences of mesothelioma

The incidence of mesothelioma is higher in certain occupational groups including asbestos mining and disposal and construction industries (Rake et al 2009). These are industries and occupations that have traditionally had higher rates of male employment. There is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the occupational and environmental exposure…

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