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Grants available for nurse research into mesothelioma care

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A charity grant has been announced to fund a nurse-led UK research project into the asbestos-related cancer disease mesothelioma.

Charities Mesothelioma UK and Pat Stone Meso Support have offered up to £25,000 funding to support members of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses with small-scale research studies or projects into supportive or palliative care for patients with mesothelioma.

“The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma”

Liz Darlison

The grant was announced at the forum’s annual conference this week. Members must apply for the research grant by 6 March 2017 and studies should commence in June 2017.

To be eligible for this funding, the project must be 100% focused on mesothelioma and independent of any programme of education, said the charities.

Emerging results will be presented at the forum’s conference in November 2018.

Mesothelioma UK, which is based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, promotes the development of specialist mesothelioma nursing practice and funds 12 specialist nursing posts around the UK.

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK director of services and consultant nurse, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Pat Stone Meso Support and the NLCFN to offer this important research grant.

“The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma with more than 2,500 people diagnosed each year and this number is increasing,” she said.

“Mesothelioma UK is committed to supporting research into all aspects of treatment and care related to Mesothelioma,” she added.

The Pat Stone Meso Support group was set up following the death of an inner London science teacher. The charity was set up by her husband and four close friends of Pat.

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