A Wallsend charity set up in memory of a man who died from asbestos-related cancer, has funded a specialist nurse to research a cure for the disease based in the north east.
The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund was set up by Chris Knighton in 2002 after she lost her husband Mick to the disease.
And now the fund has set aside enough money to fund a Mesothelioma lunch cancer nurse specialist for two years.
Chris said: “A designated Mesothelioma lung cancer nurse specialist here in the north east is certainly fantastic news and something I’ve been keen to achieve, as I know there is a definite need for such a post.
“Even though Tyneside and the north east of England as a whole are ‘hotspots’ for asbestos disease, until now there has been no designated Mesothelioma lung cancer nurse specialist in the area.
“Establishing a nurse, experienced, knowledgeable and committed to Mesothelioma has been a key objective to the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund’s vision and something we really feel strongly about.”
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A survey to help identify mesothelioma research questions is open until the end of April and is looking for the views of as many patients, carers and health professionals with experience of mesothelioma as possible.
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