Mesothelioma patients are not getting the care they deserve
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) recently published the results of a study, which looked at the support and help being offered to mesothelioma patients. The results have been described as somewhat disturbing and paint a rather bleak picture for those suffering from the terminal condition, as well as those who care for them.
The study revealed the following results:
- 40% of those dying from mesothelioma did not receive proper end of life care
- 46% of mesothelioma sufferers were not offered any psychological support for themselves or their families
- 20% did not feel that they had an open dialog with their physicians after their diagnosis
- 59% were not offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial despite the promising results of many such trials
- 52% of carers felt uninformed about the disease and what to do
- 57% of patients were not offered any assistance for their dependents and family members
Over 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the UK and sadly, the majority of those will die within the year. The death rate is increasing every year and this is linked to the continued use of asbestos in the building industry until the mid 1980s.
There is no cure for mesothelioma, making it particularly important that those diagnosed, as well as their families, are offered the support, and end of life care, that they so desperately need.