Lung cancer support group learns asbestos connection

A NEW support group for people in Tayside with lung cancer and mesothelioma is meeting at Maggie’s Centre in Dundee.

The group provides the opportunity for lung cancer patients, their families and friends, to meet monthly and to talk with other people in similar situations to themselves. They will also be able to learn more about lung cancer and mesothelioma issues, and meet with their local lung cancer nurses.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the thin membrane that lines the chest and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma doesn’t usually develop until 30 or 40 years after exposure to asbestos.

Lung Cancer Specialist Nurses Gillian Sandeman and Susan Smyth decided to launch the group to provide much needed support for local people diagnosed with these diseases.

Gillian said: “This support programme will provide information, support and reassurance, in an informal and friendly setting.

“People want to understand what is happening to them and research shows that this type of support can help reduce the distress that patients and their families suffer.”

Julie Sharp was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. She said, “I know from my own experience that it’s really helpful to listen to what others are going through, it helps you to realise that you are not alone.”

Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month, from 2 to 3.30pm. They are held at Maggie’s Centre, which is situated on Tom McDonald Avenue at the Ninewells Hospital site.

Please feel free to simply turn up, or for further information contact 01382 632999. If you have any other queries contact Macmillan lung cancer nurses on 01382 496553.

The support group is being organised in conjunction with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.