Funding for specialist nurse to support mesothelioma care in Kent

A charity 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”

Toni Fleming

The London Asbestos Support Awareness Group is to fund nurse Toni Fleming, who has worked as a specialist lung cancer and palliative care nurse since 2004, in her ongoing role as a mesothelioma nurse in the UK 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 Mesothelioma UK charity funds over 30 specialist nurses across the country, including a number working with local charities and support groups.

Ms Fleming provides clinical care to patients and supports other healthcare professionals in East Kent to provide the best possible access to treatment and clinical trials.

“East Kent has a particularly high proportion of mesothelioma patients, so I am very grateful to the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group for continuing to fund my mesothelioma post in the UK so that I can continue to support patients in the Kent and Medway,” she said.

Mesothelioma UK’s Head of Nursing, Leah Taylor, added: “We are delighted that Toni continues to be an invaluable source of information and support for patients, families, as well as her healthcare colleagues in Kent Region and Medway Cancer Alliance.

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