A charity has funded a clinical nurse specialist to work with asbestos-related cancer patients for two years.
“East Kent has a particularly high proportion of mesothelioma patients”
The London Asbestos Support Awareness Group is to fund nurse Toni Fleming, who has worked as a lung cancer and palliative care specialist nurse since 2004, in her ongoing Mesothelioma UK nurse post based at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world, with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year.
The charity Mesothelioma UK funds over 30 specialist nurses around the country, including a number in conjunction with local charities and support groups.
Ms Fleming provides clinical care for patients and supports other health professionals in East Kent to provide the best patient access to treatments and clinical trials.
“East Kent has a particularly high proportion of mesothelioma patients, so I am very grateful to London Asbestos Support Awareness Group for continuing the funding of my Mesothelioma UK post so I can continue to support patients in Kent and Medway,” she said.
Mesothelioma UK head of nursing, Leah Taylor, added: “We’re delighted that Toni will continue to be an invaluable source of information and support to patients, families, and also to her healthcare colleagues in the Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance area.”