New clinical nurse specialist appointed to support patients with mesothelioma


SOPHIA Holden has been appointed Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mesothelioma in the UK and will be based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The position was funded in partnership with HASAG, the Southern Charity Association for Asbestos-Related Diseases.

Sophia will provide nursing care and support to patients with mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer) across the South East London Cancer Alliance. She will link with colleagues across the region to promote equitable access to mesothelioma-specific support and treatment across the region.

Mesothelioma is a cancer linked to exposure to asbestos and mainly 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. Guy’s and St Thomas’ currently manages around 80 cases of mesothelioma.

In her new role, Sophia will look after patients throughout their treatment journey and also provide specialist support and advice to patients, families, healthcare professionals and work with local patient support groups.

Sophia has worked with mesothelioma patients for 15 years, primarily as a thoracic surgery nurse with Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Commenting on her new role, Sophia said:

“I am really looking forward to this role and being able to devote time to mesothelioma patients in a proactive and holistic manner. I am also very happy to work closely with other UK Mesothelioma Nurses across the country and with HASAG, helping with support groups and raising funds.

Lorraine Creech, UK Head of Mesothelioma Nursing, added:

“Mesothelioma UK is extremely grateful to HASAG for the partial funding of Sophia’s post. Our charities work so well together, support each other and work towards the common goal of helping mesothelioma patients and their families. Sophia joins our growing team of 34 Clinical Nurse Specialists and I am sure she will be an invaluable source of information and support for patients, families, as well as her healthcare colleagues in the South East London area. Cancer Alliance.

Lynne Squibb, co-founder and CEO of HASAG added:

“We are delighted to partially fund Sophia’s post, our collaboration will ensure that mesothelioma patients and their loved ones in South East London and beyond continue to receive excellent care and support. She is the fourth UK mesothelioma nurse funded by HASAG. From experience, we know how our partnership benefits our patients throughout their journey. We could not offer this without the generosity of our incredible supporters for whom we are extremely grateful. “

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