Study targets cause of disease which has killed hundreds of Barrow people
Last updated at 16:48, Monday, 24 February 2014
A NEW study is set to target a “horrific” disease which has killed hundreds of people in Barrow.
The study will evaluate the targeting of cancer stem cells – a groundbreaking new science – as potential new treatment for pleural mesothelioma: an aggressive form of lung cancer strongly linked to asbestos exposure.
Eight leading UK clinical trial sites are running a ground breaking study to evaluate a potential treatment targeting cancer stem cells.
In the UK, the number of deaths caused by the disease each year has grown to 2,543, and according to latest figures it is the most rapidly increasing cancer amongst women in the UK.
Bob Pointer, a member of Cumbria Asbestos Related Disease Support Group based in Barrow, said any new research into the disease is welcome.
The disease affected many workers at Vickers Shipyard due to the high prevalence of asbestos involved in shipbuilding.
He said: “Barrow is or was the worst affected town in the UK in terms of numbers of cases per population.
“You see a lot of towns such as Portsmouth, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle and Plymouth with similar figures with their heavy industry and shipbuilding.
“It is a horrific disease, and when you find out you might only have a few months left. Any research into mesothelioma is a good thing.”
Once symptoms of the disease start to show, it is often too late and most diagnosed with mesothelioma will have less than 12 months left to live.
Despite the UK’s control on asbestos in 1985, the number of mesothelioma patients is set to rise sharply over the next 20 years as mesothelioma can take between 30-40 years from exposure to asbestos to develop.
An estimated 350-400 patients, from eleven countries, will participate in the Control of Mesothelioma with Maintenance Defactinib study, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Verastem.
In the UK, participants will be recruited in eight research centres:
- Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
- Velindre Hospital, Cardiff
- Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford
- Guy’s Hospital London, London
- St Batholomew’s Hospital, London
- Wythenshaw Hospital, Manchester
- Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
First published at 16:11, Monday, 24 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Not before time,those like my father who died of mesothelioma in 1988,their wives were fobed off with a pitance to what is paid out today in compenstion
My mother got about Â£10.000 compensation for my dads miserable and shocking death.
Not one penny to his three sons who could also have become contaminated with this dreadful industrial disease.My dad was under seven stone at his death,when he retired in 1978 he was over seventeen stone.
When it is confirmed as mesothelioma,that is the end game.
Evening Mail october 5th 1988 Headed- Plater
exposed to Asbestos inquest told.
Why has it taken so long for many more deaths before authorites have set up a team
from Top Hospitals to tackle this issue.