Mesothelioma is an asbestos related disease. It is caused by breathing in or swallowing dust particles from asbestos.
In May 2008 Debbie Brewer came across a treatment that may help her mesothelioma. After being given 6-9 months to line in November 2006, she decided to embark on a journey that would discover something that can impact on the disease.
It is thought she was exposed through her fathers work clothes when she was 4 years old. She never blamed her father for this, she blames the employers who he worked for and who didn't protect him from the dangers of asbestos.
In June 2009, after 6 treatments, she was given the news that the disease had regressed by 83%. Others have followed her path and many have had good results too.
Chemoembolisation/chemoperfusion is a localised chemotherapy that targets the disease. It has shown good results in the last 4 years and is still in a trail phase with Professor Thomas Vogl in Germany.
We would like to see the trial come to the UK. It has been said that a radomised trila would be the best option with 50% patients having systemic chemo and 50% having localised chemo.
It has also been said that if a suitable centre is available in the UK, a top radiographer would help find persons to start the trial. At the moment we are stuck as no one seems interested in starting this.
While they are milling this around in their minds, people are dying through no fault of their own. Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and there are few treatments available in the UK and around the world. 1% of funding raised goes to mesothelioma. This is a disgrace, employers who expose their work force to this should be very ashamed. This not only affects the worker, it is now school teachers, wives, children, DIY enthusiasts, plumbers, builders, electricians, naval personnel and many more who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully together we can change the way mesothelioma is treated. It is the forgotten cancer.
The Chemoembolisation for Mesothelioma petition to 10 Downing street was written by Debbie Brewer and is in the category Health at GoPetition.