A new thoracic nurse specialist has been appointed in London specifically to support mesothelioma patients, a charity has announced.
Hers is the second mesothelioma specialist nurse post in London to be funded by Mesothelioma UK and has been enabled by a donation from the Pat Stone Meso Support.
Ms Hargrave will support surgical and oncology patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer related to exposure to asbestos.
She will be based at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which also has multi-disciplinary team links with patients in East London, Essex, Portsmouth and the South Coast.
“Her experience in thoracic cancer and surgical fields will be invaluable to patients”
She will work alongside the oncology team at Barts Health NHS Trust to support mesothelioma patients in pre-admission and post-discharge for surgery, including the MARS 2 and MesoTRAP clinical trials.
The MARS 2 study is comparing surgery and standard chemotherapy with chemotherapy in patients who have mesothelioma of the chest.
Meanwhile, MesoTRAP is a pilot trial and feasibility study comparing video-assisted thoracoscopic partial pleurectomy/decortication with indwelling pleural catheter in patients with trapped lung due to malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Before taking up the charity post, Ms Hargrave had worked in the thoracic field for 19 years, and as a nurse specialist for the last six years, at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
New specialist nurse in London for mesothelioma patients
Commenting on her new role, said: “I’m delighted to join Mesothelioma UK’s dedicated team of clinical nurse specialists.
“I’m in a really privileged position as my new role allows me to support and prioritise mesothelioma patients for radical and emerging surgical techniques to help to find a treatment for this devastating disease,” she said.
Graham Stone, from the Pat Stone Meso Support, said: “We are pleased to have been involved in the appointment of a dedicated mesothelioma nurse at Bart’s so that, where previously London had none, there are now two.”
Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK director of services and consultant nurse, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Joanne to the team, which now stands at 18 CNSs across the UK. Her experience in thoracic cancer and surgical fields will be invaluable to patients.
“Joanne is one of two new posts in the London area and we hope to expand on this to further support mesothelioma patients in the south of England,” she said.