Mesothelioma to be group’s top priority

Chris Knighton of Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund.
Chris Knighton of Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund.

Fresh hope has been given to sufferers of mesothelioma thanks to the findings of a steering group.

For the last 18 months, Chris Knighton, from Wallsend-based Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, has been a steering group member of the James Lind Alliance Mesothelioma Partnership.

The partnership’s aim was to get mesothelioma patients, carers and the clinicians who treat them together, to help identify and prioritise future mesothelioma research.

The results of the mesothelioma Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) have been announced, and research into mesothelioma has been highlighted as a priority by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Recognising the need for more research on prevention and earlier diagnosis, the NIHR has initiated a package of measures to boost research.

Chris said: “Having the opportunity to bring together a cross section of mesothelioma health professionals, along with those affected by the disease, all passionate to improve the outcome of this devastating disease has made this an exciting and unique experience and gives hope for a better future for sufferers of this devastating cancer.”