The National Institute for Health Research have launched a survey that is aimed at a better understanding of mesothelioma diagnosis and the treatment that follows.

Families of those affected by the deadly disease have been asked to provide their input to aid future clinical research. The survey, which has been supported by the British Lung Foundation, Mesothelioma UK and the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Fund aims to compile a list of 10 aspects of mesothelioma which could benefit from research. It is hoped that a combined input from patients, carers and clinicians will achieve this aim and the survey and its results will give patients and carers a much-needed voice. Ultimately, the desired outcome will be for the money that is being put into research to go some way to relieve the suffering caused by this aggressive disease will be channelled more effectively.

Dubbed the “hidden killer” by the Health and Safety Executive, Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer, the only known cause of contraction is through exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was used as a building material in the workplace for decades due to its fire resistant properties. It can most commonly be found in buildings built between 1950 and 1980.

The latest figures released by the Government revealed that Mesothelioma caused 2,291 deaths in Britain in 2011, with the number of deaths caused by the disease due to peak in 2016. As we approach this peak, it is vital that research funds are utilised to their best effect so that those who contract the disease are afforded the best prognosis possible even though the disease is sadly terminal.

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The survey is available at www.psp.nihr.ac.uk/mesothelioma/survey

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