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My dual role in mesothelioma care

Be inspired by consultant nurse Liz Darlison, who combines her NHS role with running a charity for those affected by asbestos

Mention the word mesothelioma and many nurses will know of someone whose life has been affected by this increasingly common cancer.

The disease is associated with inhalation of asbestos and the stories of those affected can be shocking, such as this example of a woman whose husband worked in a shipyard: ‘No one knew of the dangers at the time, but I realise now I must have been exposed to breathing in asbestos fibres from his working clothes, which I used to shake out and wash for him.’

Liz Darlison divides her time between posts as mesothelioma consultant nurse at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and director of services for Mesothelioma UK, a charity she set up six years ago. She is well aware of such patients’ experiences.

Picture credit: Will Johnston


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