Charity funds clinical nurse specialist to support asbestos-related cancer patients in East Anglia

Working in partnership with national charity, Mesothelioma UK, the Mavis Nye Foundation will pick up the funding of Kate Slaven’s post as a Mesothelioma UK clinical nurse specialist, based at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Mesothelioma UK funds over 30 clinical nurse specialists around the country and partners with organisations such as the Mavis Nye Foundation to fund some of these posts. Mavis Nye, who is living with mesothelioma, set up her foundation to inspire people with the asbestos-related, terminal cancer.

Mesothelioma UK is very grateful for the support from the Mavis Nye Foundation, that will fund Kate’s post which has been based at Royal Papworth Hospital for several years, and provide patients in the East of England Cancer Alliance region with a clinical nurse specialist – a vital resource for people with this disease.

Kate, who has been a nurse for over 30 years, has regional responsibility for supporting, signposting, diagnostics, treatment, and generally offering clinical support with everything relevant to mesothelioma. Kate collaborates with colleagues across the region to promote equitable access to mesothelioma specific support and treatment throughout the region.

Kate also focuses on promoting the activities of Papworth Mesothelioma Social Group and raising awareness of clinical trials.

Mesothelioma is a cancer related to exposure to asbestos and predominantly affects the lining of the lungs. The UK has the highest incidence of the disease in the world with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year.

Leah Taylor, Mesothelioma UK Head of Nursing commented: “Mesothelioma UK is extremely grateful to the Mavis Nye Foundation for funding Kate’s post. Our charities work so well together, supporting each other and working towards the common goal of helping mesothelioma patients and their families. We’re delighted that Kate will continue to be an invaluable source of information and support to patients, families, and also to her healthcare colleagues in the East of England Cancer Alliance area.”

Dr. Mavis Nye (Hon) BEM BCA., CEO of the Mavis Nye Foundation added: “I am delighted that the Foundation are able to support another nurse post for Mesothelioma UK who do so much to support patients with this terrible disease which can and should be preventable. Without these key nurses, patients would not benefit from the specialist care they need at such a difficult time following diagnosis. Mesothelioma UK and the Mavis Nye Foundation have a shared goal of providing care, support and hope for patients both now and for their future.”

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