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It was an honour to attend Mesothelioma UK’s 14th annual Patient and Carer Day 2019 last week.

Around 180 people attended the event at the historic Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. It was an opportunity for those who’ve been affected by the asbestos-related cancer Mesothelioma, to meet each other, share stories and experiences and learn more about the latest research, treatment and care.

It was wonderful to see nearly all the Mesothelioma UK-funded specialist nurses from across the UK as well as the Mesothelioma UK team in attendance, including Liz Darlinson MBE who, with her colleagues, works so hard to help and support patients and their families.

It is always an interesting and inspiring event with oncology consultants, researchers, support groups, patients and clinical nurse specialists united in one cause and this year was no exception.

There were informative talks from leading healthcare professionals specialising in Mesothelioma with updates on current treatments and the latest clinical trials from the UK and the rest of the world.

An independent asbestos expert also talked about the potential dangers of asbestos that is still in situ in thousands of public buildings across the UK in our schools, colleges and hospitals. Unfortunately, despite years of awareness about the deadly nature of asbestos, many people, including future generations, are still at risk; particularly if it is not managed properly and removed safely.

There were also powerful and moving talks from Mesothelioma patients and family members who spoke about the terrible impact of the disease on their lives.

One patient really brought home to all of us, the human toll of our devastating legacy of asbestos. They shared their story of being diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of just 31 years.  They have been through gruelling invasive surgery and chemotherapy treatments but continue to fight the disease, helping to raise awareness of asbestos-related illnesses and are living as full a life as they can.

All in all, it was a very thought-provoking, educational and positive day that was superbly organised by Mesothelioma UK. As specialist asbestos disease solicitors, myself and other colleagues from Novum Law left the event humbled and inspired by everything we heard.

Novum Law will continue to help, support and provide expert legal advice to everyone facing up to an asbestos-related diagnosis and their families.

If you or a family member has been affected by exposure to asbestos, contact our expert team of specialist asbestos disease solicitors.  Call 0800 884 0777 or email gchisholm@novumlaw.com.

To find out more about the work of Mesothelioma UK visit their website: www.mesothelioma.uk.com.