Scottish mesothelioma network launched

Thursday 18th July 2019

A team of healthcare professionals has come together to improve clinical care for Scots diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos.

Carers and patients are to benefit from more tailored support provided by the Scottish mesothelioma network – a group of healthcare professionals from across the country working together to share best practice and provide high quality clinical care.

Scotland has some of the highest rates of the condition in the world.

Patients are to receive support from dedicated clinical nurse specialists as part of the new network of support that is the result of collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support, Mesothelioma UK and local NHS Boards.

Clinicians will be able to share best practice through the network from bases in Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, improving care across the country.

The network is also looking to provide equitable access for patients to clinical trials.

“The new service will provide a weekly forum for clinical teams from across Scotland to share expertise, develop high quality care plans, and provide increased access to potentially life-changing clinical trials to patients wherever they live in the country,” explains Dr Kevin Blyth, consultant respiratory physician at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and network lead.

“It will also mean that all Scottish patients with mesothelioma will now get access to a dedicated mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist and evidence based, streamlined pathways of care will be developed.

“The Network will gather mesothelioma specific patient information which will be used to audit the care provided so that continuous improvements can be made with the aim of improving outcomes and the quality of life of our patients.”