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Nurse given grant to research better care for asbestos-related cancer

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A nurse researcher has been has awarded a grant worth £25,000 to study improving follow-up care for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.

The recipient of the grant from Mesothelioma UK is Dr Catherine Henshall, senior nursing research fellow at Oxford Brookes University.

“This will enable us to make informed recommendations for policy and practice”

Catherine Henshall

She will carry out a study to identify best practice for patient follow-up care to help them to lead fulfilling lives and “live well” with their condition, said the charity.

Mesothelioma UK said it was committed to supporting research into all aspects of treatment and care related to the condition.

It works with the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses to make funding available to undertake small scale research, audits or preliminary work to support larger grant applications.

Dr Henshall’s new study will involve interviews with patients to identify any common themes around what constitutes living well.

“This study will provide very useful clinical evidence to influence care and services”

Liz Darlison

Studies involving patients with other long-term conditions have highlighted a need for self-esteem and reliable professional and peer support, retaining personal responsibility and preserving identity.

The study will investigate if these findings apply to mesothelioma patients or if there are unique factors that enable them to live well, said the charity.

Dr Henshall said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from Mesothelioma UK and the NLCFN, which will enable us to explore mesothelioma patients’ experiences of follow up care.

She said: “This will enable us to make informed recommendations for policy and practice, and to propose preferred, patient focused, follow-up services that are evidence-based, collaborative and inclusive.”

Oxford Brookes University

Catherine Henshall

Catherine Henshall

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK’s head of services, said: “Follow up care in Mesothelioma is varied across the UK so this study will provide very useful clinical evidence to influence care and services.

“We wish Dr Henshall and her research team every success and look forward to helping to evaluate and disseminate findings in due course,” she added.

Around 2,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, each year.

Mesothelioma UK has a national resource centre, based in Leicester, that is dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and improved care and treatment.

The centre promotes the development of specialist mesothelioma nursing practice and funds 18 specialist nursing posts around the UK.

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