Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Scan day and Meeting with a Mesowarrior. And a video of my Speech at the National Asbestos Conference in Holland

Well it was scan day today so it was up early and set off for the Marsden. The weather was wonderful and sunny so we were very happy and relaxed. As it was half term in the schools the traffic was so clear and we sailed through. I was meeting James and Carol Homersham as they were travelling all the way from Suffolk. James has been so ill and we Mesowarriors have been worried about him But he has recovered after having Radiotherapy on his Esophagus with success and it has shrunk a tumour there.

So He has been sent an appointment by the Royal Marsden and Jim was excited  to see what they were going to offer.

We parked the car and walked down the hill to the front door when a lady in a car asked Ray ” Is that Mavis are you Ray” Love it, the joys of Facebook. When you meet you are friends and we have been through so much together.

We all hugged and cuddled and then walked into the hospital. I went to have blood tests as my Doctor had emailed to say she has a theory why I almost passed out on Tuesday with low blood sugar.

I waited in the waiting room until they could fit me in and then they took so many files of blood (after putting in loads of flashes as my PICC line wouldn’t give.) but the last two were very special ones and had to be taken before 10.30 ??? and then passed down and had to be tested within half an hour of taking from my body ???

So with the blood taken I could go for my scan. I met a lovely young woman in the waiting room. Her husband was blind. While he went to have  a cannula put in. We chatted and he has had Kidney cancer. They took the kidney out 2 years ago and he has been doing really well since. Just a check up scan. So happy for him.

It was my turn to, guess what ?,have my PICC line flushed again  So I passed for the contrast to run in through my veins.

I then was taken down stairs to the scanner to be delivered to the waiting room there.

I didnt wait long and I was called in. The scan went Ok and I was finished I thought. No! back to see the doctor.

He welcomed me and asked how I felt. The problem was only Tuesday when my head felt like it was in a vice as I changed the bedding. Ray made me a sugared coffee.

He told me all my bloods are good apart from the 2 special ones the result will be tomorrow for those.

He said that “your very healthy so have sugar not sweeteners”

That made me smile. So I will try that in the mornings with my breakfast and see if boosting my sugar intake helps.

He said also my scan was on the computer but he will read it and talk to me Tuesday. I said I just want to get over the 50% shrinkage.

I couldn’t tell him the Antibiotics I was on from the GP. Im very naughty like that so I said I would bring the box on Tuesday. Then I said that I was given Sudafed for the soreness the water infection was causing. Err they are a decongestant,I had meant Sudacream. He looked on WIKI and found that was for nappy rash. That made him smile.

We were free to go then. Back into the lift and off to the Cafe I bumped into Carol and Jim and they were so happy. they had a great sit down with the Doctor and Jim was offered a New trial. He wont know for 2 weeks just what but thats it he is settled with the Royal Marsden.

We had a party with cake and coffee and a talk about everything.

All good things come to an end and we had to both leave. But as we walked into the Reception area Ray remembered his camera and we took Photos. A Doctor passed and asked if he could take but Jim had already asked another nice man. So I made the Dodc line up with us. I said come on we love Doctors.

He worriedly asked where it was going and I replied Facebook everything goes on Facebook.













Me Jim and Carol









Im accosting the Doctor as he passes.













He even put his arm around me. What a picture of fun xx

So that was it our meeting was over. I hope we do meet when Jim is on his trial good luck my friend xx

Rays Blog

The second half of my blog is to share something that happened.

I was asked to speak at the



The struggle of Mavis

video presentation

The shocking story of Mavis Nye: how she got mesotholioom and how it changed her life dramatically. Mavis about her struggle as Asbestos Warrior, her struggle in the House of Lords and its international ambitions. During her story highlights what should be a shared ambition of our Dutch asbestos are chain: prevention can not heal! Mavis Nye

I was worried by the quality as it was recorded over SKYPE

I have received today a wonderful email.

Hi Mavis,

The conference went well and the reactions on your video were very good! In the attachment you can see the picture of your video during the conference. Multiple people told me that they attend conferences every so often and that all the conferences are normally focused on rules and regulations en techniques for removing asbestos safely. Mesothelioma is never talked about, while this is the most important reason for all the rules and regulations! Your video changed this for a lot of professionals yesterday. Now instead of only talking about rules and techniques people also talked and thought about the underlying reasons, this was of great value for the conference!

So again: thank you very much for making the video presentation! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

 Met vriendelijke groet,


I find that really great that my first European Speech has touched so many people and has in fact given such a powerful message of what it is like for a Patient and what they should be doing to make sure this madness stops.

Why so many people are dying because of contact with Asbestos.

Another Facebook Friend spoke at the Conference

C. European policy: what are you waiting for?

  • SEM: unanimous opinion to the European Commission
  • The building registry: Directive to legal status? Everything you need to know if building owner!
  • Laws about training your staff
  • International cooperation sector

Mr. Dr. Yvonne Waterman , Director, Aquarius Legal Consultancy

Yvonne was received as well -congratulations xx





Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Laurie Kazen- Allen writes about the iMAG 2014 Mesothelioma International Conference in South Africa

Guest Blogger

International Mesothelioma Conference
by Laurie Kazan-Allen

The 12th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group 2014 (IMIG 2014) took place in Cape Town, South Africa on October 21-24, 2014.1 Despite the rather remote location, hundreds of clinicians, researchers, academics, scientists and others took part in proceedings which included plenary presentations, workshops and poster discussions. Features which were added to this year’s event included a social advocacy panel and exhibitions by local community activists from former asbestos mining areas engulfed by a deadly legacy which endangers the health of all those who live, work and visit the areas.










IMIG2014 Chair Dr. Jim te WaterNaude opens the conference.
From rather small beginnings, IMIG has grown to be recognized as the premier biennial calendar fixture for mesothelioma experts. The success of the IMIG event was this year underscored by the presence at the meeting in Cape Town of a U.S. toxicologist David Bernstein who has undertaken commissions for Canadian, Brazilian, U.S. and other asbestos stakeholders. He was not the only asbestos industry delegate at IMIG. Dr Markus Heitz from Becon (Switzerland) also attended; Becon is the holding company for the Swiss Eternit company. Also present was a former employee of Everite, a South African asbestos-cement company which in 2002 made the transition to asbestos-free technology.
As far as we know, the industry affiliations of these individuals were not known to IMIG delegates although Bernstein did include an acknowledgment on his poster presentation that it had been funded by “Honeywell International Inc.” The title of the poster, which listed five co-authors with Bernstein as the lead author, was: “The evaluation of the biopersistence, pathological response and pleural translocation of chrysotile containing brake dust in comparison to crocidolite asbestos following short term inhalation exposure.” The first of the four conclusions was the finding that: “No significant pathological response was observed at any time point in the brake dust of chrysotile/brake dust exposure groups in either the lung or pleural cavity.”






















It is pertinent to note that the abstract Bernstein submitted for consideration by the IMIG organizers did not include an acknowledgement of industry support.
The 160+ oral presentations, 30 poster discussions and 150 posters over the three day event covered mesothelioma developments in epidemiology, immunotherapy, surgery, preclinical trials, personalized therapy, radiotherapy, pathology, immunology, molecular therapy, imaging, multimodality treatments, molecular genetics, biomarkers, novel therapeutics, social advocacy, nursing and supportive care. Reflecting on IMIG2014, incoming IMIG President Professor Dean Fennell noted the lack of progress in treatment options over the last twelve years and welcomed “the signals for new approaches to treatments” reported in Cape Town.2 He highlighted exciting developments reported by IMIG speakers in neoadjuvant therapy, immunology and antibody research, emphasizing the need to develop a standard of care for patients in the relapse setting. Data awaited from recently completed UK randomized trials in the 2nd line setting might inform this discussion.
As many of the IMIG2104 sessions were run concurrently, it was important to make strategic choices about which discussions to attend. During the epidemiology session on October 22, remarks by Julian Peto about the low risk posed by human exposure to chrysotile proved contentious; despite his stated position, the final slide in his presentation concluded with the following statement:
“Chrysotile should be banned worldwide because:
(1) It causes lung cancer
(2) It’s not needed – the EU ban did no economic damage.”
It is relevant to note that Professor Peto is part of a controversial research initiative – Historical cohort study of cancer mortality following exposure to chrysotile asbestos at the Uralasbest plant in Asbest, Russian Federation – mounted by personnel from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Russian scientists with proven links to asbestos vested interests.3 At the October 23 epidemiology session, Dr. Jock McCulloch’s presentation: Asbestos Blues: A History of Asbestos Mining in South Africa contained evidence of the corruption of asbestos science. Checks issued by the U.S. law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, representing asbestos defendants, to Dr. Christopher Wagner, the scientist widely credited with having discovered the relationship between pleural mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, were shown.
Filmed highlights from the conference included the plenary session address by the Coordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat Laurie Kazan-Allen, in the category designated “Best of IMIG 2014.”4
Other filmed IMIG sessions or interviews which would be of interest to ban asbestos campaigners include segments with nursing specialist Liz Darlison,5 campaigners Sophia Kisting6 and Kathleen Ruff.7
At the end of IMIG2014, the winning bid for IMIG2016 was announced. In contention were conferences in Paris, Antwerp and Birmingham. To the delight of the UK organizing committee, the event was awarded to Birmingham.










Mary and Liz are here in this photo

Thankyou Laurie for letting me share the conference here.






To help all those who would have liked to have attended her is the iMIG write ups which I have found so very interesting as they are packed with information on all levels of Mesothelioma.  Day 1

In the opening plenary session of iMig 2014, Dr. Jim te Water Naudé and Dr. Steven Mutsaers welcomed close to 300 healthcare professionals to Cape Town, South Africa. It’s an impressive number of attendees for this somewhat remote but beautiful venue and given iMig’s membership of around 500 members. The assembled group comprises the finest minds in mesothelioma related research, treatment, and advocacy from around the world. It’s quickly evinced as a heavily scientific affair with a fun spirit as Dr. te Water Naudé jokingly threatens to use a vuvuzela horn on speakers who defy their time restrictions.

The initial plenary session focused on several areas of interest to the broad range of delegates traveling to iMig. The opening plenary speakers’ presentations are outlined below as are several key presentations chosen by iMig peers as the “Best of iMig 2014”. Day2

Here I found the interesting

Asbestos Blues: A History of Asbestos Mining in South Africa

– Jock McCulloch

mcCullochAustralia and South Africa are the only countries to have mined crocidolite or blue asbestos. Crocidolite was mined in the Northern Cape for one hundred years and at Wittenoom in Western Australia from 1944 until 1966. Mining has left a pandemic of asbestos disease in the Northern Cape and although production levels were modest, Wittenoom has become the site of Australia’s worst occupational health disaster. The mines of the Northern Cape also supplied the first conclusive evidence linking asbestos to mesothelioma, but discovery had no impact on the global consumption of asbestos.

Corruption is a serious problem in communities burdened by asbestos-related disease and this has justifiably bred profound mistrust of outsiders involved in asbestos compensation, research, or litigation. This corruption has involved both suppression and destruction of knowledge and this has been one of the most effective strategies employed by the asbestos industry.  The history of suppression of information documenting the dangers of asbestos exposure dates back to the 1930’s when the work of George Slade demonstrating the health effects of asbestos exposure in miners was suppressed and ultimately destroyed.  These actions contributed to the absence of any regulation at all of asbestos mining in South Africa until 1955.  In the United States, the asbestos industry actually paid researchers to claim that asbestos was not significantly associated with mesothelioma.  Corruption of science slows regulatory legislation and limits the success of litigation aimed at compensating victims. Day3

iMig 2014 brought together nearly 300 scientists, clinicians, and patient advocates from around the world to Cape Town for 4 exciting days that included nearly 350 platform and poster presentations. The meeting provided a forum for sharing information about new technologies, the latest basic and clinical research findings, and how we can join together to help patients with this disease and educate all about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

This international conference was a great success and continues the work of iMig aimed at understanding and ultimately preventing and defeating mesothelioma. 

Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- Wardrobe clear out day.

Photo: <3 Love <3

Got up yesterday with a plan. To have another clear out of my wardrobe. I have been internet shopping for a new wardrobe ans as I have a couple of parties in my diary and Christmas on the horizon I have treated me. I have let buying clothes a lesser priority as I didnt have a future but Im coming to terms with the fact I might go on now that the drug is working so well.

I have for almost 6 years been thinking only of dieing. I can now think differently. So I have emptied out some clothes and we took them to the charity bins in the carpark at Tankerton.

Mind you it started raining as we walked the dog from the car park and we got soaked. Wonderful fine warm rain.

When we got in the phone was ringing and my Doctor from The Royal Marsden said that she really has been having a think about my blood sugar dropping in and out, she wants me to have a blood test when I go on Friday for my scan.

She didn’t explain what her thoughts are only that she will tell me on Tuesday when I see her again.

Then  the door bell went and the guy from the chemist passed over my prescription.

14 Nitrofurantoin 100mg capsules —To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of nitrofurantoin macrocrystals capsules and other antibacterial drugs, nitrofurantoin macrocrystals capsules should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. Nitrofurantoin macrocrystals is an antibacterial agent for specific urinary tract infections.

So it would seem Im in the superbug range of things. I dont like that. I have visited hospitals so many times in 6 years that I suppose it was bound to happen.

I already think cleanliness and this is really making me go over the top. Using wet wipes everywhere and washing my hands and surfaces.

Lets hope they work.

From there the evening was uneventful just spent chatting on Facebook.

I haven’t slept much over night.  Laying awake tossing and turning and shot the dog off the bed, poor thing.

So Im up and hope I might get a power nap later on.

A little bit of excitement in the skies of Kent yesterday

Im glad we know the reason for the noise —–Supersonic speed’

Map of affected area
An RAF spokesman said: “Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft south of London which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities.

“The aircraft was safely escorted to London Stansted.

“To fulfil their quick reaction role the Typhoons were cleared to travel at supersonic speed, any noise disturbance as a result of this is regretted.”

The RAF confirmed the aircraft was a Russian-made Antonov An-26.

It apologised if crews had “startled people” but added that jets only went supersonic over land when absolutely necessary.

British Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 aircraft

A friend in Sidcup says  The noise was unbelievable-whole house shook.

The Royal Air Force Tweeted


Im so mad I didn’t see this I love Military planes and miss not going to Farnborough airshow. As a child I went every year with my parents in the motorbike and sidecar and I carried on the tradition over the years until they stopped the shows.

I love it when they fly low on maneuvers over here in Seasalter.

Rays Blog




Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- A message from The Marsden. A message from MARF about Trials, and a message that they have sold all those wonderful Poppies

Got up yesterday and felt fine but as I made the beds my blood sugar dropped to the floor. I was sweating and felt like my head was caving in with a tight band around it. Oh dear !!!

Ray made me a sweet coffee and I ate a biscuit and sat around, I had no energy from then on. Wandering wether I out to phone the Doctor I had a phone call from the Royal Marsden. The Doctor told me that my water infection was ok when testing but when they grew it the bug was still there She emailed the report to me and to my GP.


Final report MSU 21 October 2014


White Cells


None Seen

Red Blood Cells

None Seen

Epithelial Cells


Urine Organisms


Urine Crystals


Urine Casts



Enterococcus faecalis


10,000-100,000 cfu/ml








Enterococci are intrinsically resistant to cephaloporins and ciprofloxacin and these antibiotics should not be used in their treatment.

Of coarse I googled and came up with

Vancomycin resistance is acquired when a sensitive Enterococcus acquires a special piece of DNA called a plasmid that permits the bacteria to become resistant to vancomycin. The new strains are called vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). One concern is that VRE strains appear able to transfer vancomycin resistance to unrelated bacteria such as MRSA(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and these strains are renamed VRSA. In addition, VRE organisms, like MRSA, are usually resistant to more than one antibiotic.

VRE can be spread from person to person and are an increasing problem in hospitals and chronic-care facilities. Approximately 30% of all enterococcal infections are now caused by vancomycin-resistant strains (VRE).

Caused by a low Immune system.

Seeing that this can be contacted through hospitals worried me so Ray ordered bottles of sanitisers like you have in hospital and we will have them around the house from now on. I use wipes and gels but with my low Immune system we thought it was best. The drug may have turned my Immune system on but I dont know o what extent.

My GP emailed to say he had put the prescription into the chemist for me so that will be delivered today. What great service. It must save him time to be able to do it by email than have people in the surgery. I love this modern approach to the NHS.

The Marsden Doctor isnt to worried by my low blood sugar either she will look at that when I go to have my drug next wednesday,

I have porridge this morning for breakfast and will eat healthy to combat any problems I might be having. Brown bread for lunch and Jacket potato for dinner.

I stayed in all day as I had lost energy to face a long walk so Ray did all the dog walking.

Today I just feel like a cold coming maybe thats the problem.

MARF have written a great piece on trials

Dr. Lee Krugby Lee Krug, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center








This week, a notification was sent to investigators on the DETERMINE Trial that accrual will be completed by the end of October. DETERMINE is an international, randomized trial comparing treatment with an immunotherapy drug called tremelimumab to treatment with placebo as second or third line therapy in patients with malignant mesothelioma. The trial opened in May, 2013, and in just 17 months will have enrolled 542 patients! This is a notable achievement. To put this in perspective, the last phase III of this magnitude testing vorinostat in a comparable group of patients (VANTAGE Trial) took 5 1/2 years to enroll 660 patients. There are differences between these two trials that could have accounted, in part, to the more rapid accrual. In DETERMINE, 2/3 of the patients receive the study drug, 1/3 get placebo, while in VANTAGE it was half and half. Also, immunotherapy drugs such as tremelimumab have garnered tremendous excitement in the oncology field due to their promising results in numerous cancers such as melanoma skin cancer and lung cancer. Yet, despite these differences, this accomplishment of completing a trial of this size in such a short period time should be a wake-up call to the pharmaceutical industry. Historically, drug companies have been reluctant to undertake large trials in mesothelioma due to concerns about feasibility and slow accrual. But this trial demonstrates the potential. Patients with mesothelioma urgently need better treatments, and with only one chemotherapy regimen approved, there is a tremendous opportunity to impact the outcomes for these patients. So here is the message to pharma: Large trials in mesothelioma are possible, and the community of patients with mesothelioma is eager to participate.

Lee M. Krug, MD, is an Associate Attending Physician in the Division of Thoracic Oncology, Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York where he completed a fellowship and chief fellowship in medical oncology. Dr. Krug is the Director of the Mesothelioma Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Read more about Dr. Krug’s work here.

We need to get our NHS to read this so I hope all the Doctors and Nurses that read my blog will take note and take this thought into their meetings and conferences. This is what Lord Saatchi and I talked about when he introduced his Bill. We the patient are willing to try the trials no matter what as we have nothing to loose and we sign to say we wont sue anyway. Just give us more chances.

I sign off with this wonderful photo

The ceramic Poppies have been placed in the moat of the tower of London.

How wonderful that they have sold them all.

We are delighted to announce that we have sold all the poppies. We do realise that this news may be a disappointment for those unable to purchase one of these unique pieces of art.

We will be confirming orders in the next few days and should any further poppies become available we will put details on our website.




Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- A meeting at Bluewater and Christmas Presents all bought. The iMig Conference in S Africa is over

Had a great day yesterday.

We got all showered and dressed and with the dog walked we set off to Blue Water for my date.











We arrived early so we do some Christmas Shopping before meeting Chris Ward  Director of Award Health & Safety Ltd.
















You can walk miles and miles in these shopping Malls and you can spend a small fortune.

We sat doen outside John Lewis and Ray went for a coffee when across the room came Chris, all smiles and we had a good welcoming hug. I told him go and tell Ray what you want, which he did and then came and sat by me. We ghad a lon long chat about everything and I was so pleased to hear how busy he is. He has a full diary of Training sessions. Award Health & Safety Ltd are an Award winning ‘Highly Commended’ Small Business of the Year, in the Portsmouth Business Excellence Awards 2010 & 2011, Trading Standards Approved, health & safety consultants that offer a full health and safety advice service. Everything from a broad range of safety audits, to health and safety training, Corporate Manslaughter Awareness Training, Fire Safety Awareness Training in English or Polish with all the required health and safety documentation. Our full range of Asbestos services include asbestos surveys & asbestos management IATP approved asbestos awareness training. A fully licensed asbestos removal service can be arranged if required.

Chris showed me some of his presentations and there is photos of me and Ray, as he he said people say they cant believe taking the Asbestos dust bake home on their clothes can harm their family and Chris show ray and I as a good example of that fact.

A lady sat down, she had a travel agency badge on and poure a glass of wine. She kept listening to our conversation and when she got up I said sorry we talking so medicale, we had been talking about lungs and the damage Ray has. She said she had been so interested as her father died of lung cancer, Ray asked where had he worked and she said, he was in the navy. Well there you are all the Asbestos in the boats it could have been Mesothelioma.

Chris yesterday tested me and was asking me what was I doing Christmas and was I planning on lots of camping next year. I was answering away and he said -See last year you kept saying “I dont know if I will still be here, now your telling me you are going to this and that, you have a future and your telling me about it.” so yes I have changed.

So it became time to say goodbye and Chris left with the promise of meeting up again very soon.

We returned to the Carpark and as usual lost the car. We had walked into the wrong car park of coarse. We retraced our footsteps, we found the car in the other car park and set off for home.

I was all worked up now and wanted to finish my Christmas shopping which I did after dinner on line. Boy so much easier sitting on a computer and shopping.

All done now so just wait for them to arrive and we will get wrapping. Ray loves doing that for me as Im hopeless.

mary and liz












The South African Cape Town,  21 – 24 October 2014 where the 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference was held – the world’s premier medical congress on mesothelioma. The theme was the ongoing quest for cure. which was  hosted by the South African Mesothelioma Interest Group (SAMIG), and held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) situated in the city bowl, with the Table Mountain amphitheatre.

This Photo shows Our Mary Hesdorffer of MARF (The Meso Foundation is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering it causes.) and our own dear Liz Dawlinson of Mesothelioma UK.I admire them both and they are always there at the end of an email when ever Im stuck for an answer. Im here when they need to know about The Patient.

Mary chaired a nursing panel and she gave two presentations at the conference. The first presentation, titled “The Voice of the Meso Community in the United States,”  discussed how the Meso Foundation,  helped community members, advocated for $9.3 million in federal research funding directed to mesothelioma research since 2008. Mary’s second presentationwas titled“Promoting Entry into Clinical Trials and Improving Access to Specialist Treatment and Care.”

Mary is a nurse practitioner with over 16 years of experience in mesothelioma treatment. She is an expert in clinical trials for mesothelioma and her work has been published in a variety of scientific journals. Mary serves as the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Liz trained at Charles Frears School of Nursing in Leicester qualifying in 1986. Since 1992 she has been based within the cardio-respiratory directorate of the University Hospitals of Leicester at the Glenfield Hospital site.

Liz was a ward sister/manager in respiratory for several years and in June 2000 she took up the post of Respiratory Nurse Specialist (Lung Cancer). Liz’s interests within lung cancer have always focused on developing the nursing contribution, within the multidisciplinary team, to improve patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway.

To meet demand locally and nationally Liz developed an interest in Mesothelioma which resulted in the establishment of Mesothelioma UK, the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre. Liz is currently a Consultant Nurse leading the development of Mesothelioma UK. In 2007 Liz was awarded the Nursing Times Cancer Nurse Leader of the Year Award sponsored by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Liz is a member of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses committee and represents nursing on a variety of national and professional committees. Liz is a co-founder and current committee member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum. Liz is a module leader and regularly lectures within the Royal Marsden School of Nursing and Rehabilitation and is an Honorary Lecturer at DeMontfort University, Leicester.

Dean Fennel of coarse was there and he has been chosen as the

Prof Dean Fennell (see here with ADAO Lind Reinstein ) was there of coarse and  he is the next President of IMIG,so I will love to be there at the 2016 conference. Everyone knows how I admire Dean as he has dedicated his life to Mesothelioma.

Professor Fennell’s clinical specialisation is in thoracic medical oncology and early clinical trials, particularly mesothelioma, with a particular interest in therapeutic targeting of the core apoptosis pathways. Prof Fennell leads a Cancer Research UK funded group with a laboratory focusing on apoptosis, drug resistance, and signature-based therapeutics using the connectivity map for accelerated, targeted drug discovery. He is currently leading UK and international clinical trials of novel targeted therapies in Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma.

There are some wonderful young men who have studied Mesothelioma and are so involved in finding the treatment.

London St.Barts Adam Trial.
Dr Peter Szlosarek MD, PhD Centre: Molecular Oncology Fellowships: Clinical Research Fellowship (CRUK)Clinician Scientist Fellowship (CRUK)

Jeremy Steel– Jeremy is Co-Director of Bart’s Mesothelioma Research. He is a Consultant in Medical Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the London Chest Hospital

Then then there is the Passion of Lord Saatchi The Medical Innovation Bill will help doctors to innovate new treatments and cures safely and responsibly for cancer and other diseases.

We are so lucky in the UK to have such interest in our Cancer units.




Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Steve is having a rough time and Calendar is all set up for Go.

Its been manic on Facebook and yesterday I add so many people into the Mesowarriors groups. What is happening is it because we are making people so aware of us or is the a surge in victims of the disease. I like to think we are making people so aware of our wonderful Facebook Groups and they are seeking info from us. We are the experts as we have all the knowledge at the frontline. I should say the battle line as it is a huge battle.

One for the need of knowledge first, when diagnosed, the where can we be treated, where are the trials etc etc.










Our Steve (we are the only ones standing out of our lovely group of 2009 )  was diagnosed the same time as me is suffering on the AZ0424 clinical trial. Hair loss being on of the main things. We women cope better as we can have wigs but a man, that is more difficult and when you have had a full head of hair it must be a shock to see a bald head. The worse part and where I feel so sorry for him is there is a lump showing on his chest. How can the disease progress when you are fighting it with a drug, that is the worse thing to happen. You meet the disease full on. If you remeber I talked about that when I saw an Xray


I saw my disease and things changed for me. I knew what I was fighting and no matter what happens with my disease shrinking the damage to my Lungs cant be mended.

Im really noticing now its winter that I get breathless on walks. I have to stop and recover. But I do it everyday as I need the exercise.

Linda keeps saying Steve is not suitable for Immunotherapy treatment. I want everyone to be suitable but she is right.   I have been having a good read and yes I can see why Steve is not a candidate for MK3475 -autoimmune′ disease-A disease in which impaired function and the destruction of tissue are caused by an immune reaction in which abnormal antibodies are produced and attack the body’s own cells and tissues. Autoimmune diseases include a wide variety of disorders, including many disorders of connective tissue, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.-

I hope he recovers and feels better and that the lump is not the disease growing on. My love and thoughts are with Steve,

As for me I have no side effects with the drug but pains do occur within the left lung. It must hurt as the shrinkage carries on’

Life has become so busy on Facebook as we get the word out about our fund raising Calender. There are so many calenders where people have bared all for charity that there is a competition for the best one.

We are now searching for 2015 naked charity calendars. The critieria are simple. It must be for a good cause, so any deserving charity would fit the bill. The photographs must be of good quality. And the photograher must be happy for us to use the naked charity calendar images in the magazine.

Then Angie sent everything to Good Morning On ITV heavens I dont fancy Ray and I appearing in costume on telly. Ekkk

For those not on Facebook we have put all the details into our Web Page

There is so much interest we are having loads of fun with this on Facebook so it has really cheered everyone up.

Off today to Bluewater where I can do some Christmas shopping and to meet Chris form IATP. He was the one who presented me with an award 2 years ago.










Looking forward to meeting him and having a laugh as we both love camping.

Have a good day everyone

Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- The Calendar is at the Printers. And The Saatchi Bill was debated Live in the House of Lords yesterday


last update







With the last face on the front cover an the last picture in we have got the Calendar at the printers

There are so many calenders this year that a competition has been started so of coarse we have entered.


We are now searching for 2015 naked charity calendars. The critieria are simple. It must be for a good cause, so any deserving charity would fit the bill. The photographs must be of good quality. And the photograher must be happy for us to use the naked charity calendar images in the magazine.

But we have got our lovely girls as well.

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So life can return to normal.

We did make the Asbestos Daily As IATP have written about us in their News Letter

Our community of Meso Warriors have launched a “cheeky” calender campaign today, yes they have bared all to raise awareness and raise money for research! Please support and purchase your 2015 calender.. We can all help beat Mesothelioma.

Meso Warriors baring all for the Jane Hancock Mesothelioma research Fund.

Mesothelioma is a non-curable cancer caused by asbestos. Asbestos is still everywhere in buildings, schools etc that were built before mid 70’s. More and more new diagnosis is happening on a daily basis. We haven’t reached the peak of people contracting mesothelioma, PLEASE support and buy a calender and help us to to help research to stop unnecessary deaths. There is a cure; we just have to find it!

So we have to sit back and wait for the orders to come in. We had a small start yesterday so hopefully that will grow but we have had a lot of fun and amusement behind the scenes so that has been a great thing to have happened.

The Saatchi Bill was in parliament again

Saatchi Bill wrote on Facebook — Thanks to everybody for all your support today. It was a fantastic debate and we have now moved through to the report stage.

Lord Saatchi will host, as suggested by several in the debate, a round table session to ensure the Bill is in the best possible shape before reaching the other place.
One part I was very interested in and thats the University of Oxford keeping a central Database and a Register of Innovations.Amendment 15, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, would require the results of innovation carried out in reliance on the Bill to be registered or recorded. This is a most important amendment and I can certainly assure the House that I have great sympathy with its aim—it has been our aim from the beginning. I explained at Second Reading that we strongly believe that the Bill should be used to generate useful data about innovation. We agree completely with what the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, said: if the Bill were successful in its aims and encouraged innovation, what would be the point if no record of the innovations was kept in an open, transparent and fully disclosable way to show that the claims that we make—that the Bill will advance scientific knowledge—were true.I expressed delight, which I repeat, and gratitude that the University of Oxford has expressed a willingness to facilitate a central database. It is prepared and willing to do that, and it considers it very important, as we all do, including the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg.I have been convinced that the medical profession has the mechanisms in place to allow a database to be established without statutory authority. That of course leads to the question of whether this requirement should or should not be on the face of the Bill. I have been convinced—and the Minister will say more about it—that the regulators can use guidance and other forms of professional regulation to ensure that the database is used. I would have been happy to include it in the Bill but we must hear the views of the Minister. I am sure I can say to the whole House with confidence that the Government share my view and that of the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, that the keeping of a register of innovations is a most important part of what is claimed to be the merit of the Bill.

Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Today we have Launched the Mesowarriors Calender for 2015

I have not done a blog the past few days as we have been so busy in a secret place sorting out our calender for Charity.

15 Mesowarriors came up with the idea of doing a Calender for 2015.

Linda Thomas put it very nice on her Facebook wall that describes what we have done.

Hi everyone, I’ve been involved in doing a calendar girl to raise money for research for Mesothelioma , an awful cancer caused by Asbestos, please please buy a calendar and see what Rose, Jude and myself were doing while they were here, we are in the month of September , so much hard work has gone into this , so please dig deep and please could you all share this for me guys, the charity is the June Hancock Research Charity , if you clink on the link it will give you details , it’s a bit cheeky but very tasteful , I’m so proud of everyone that has took part, under such sad circumstances I have made such lovely friends , if there is anyone that would like to sell them for me just pm me Thanks Guys love you all xx

She managed to take her photo when Rose and Judith visit her in Australia and we had the lovely photo

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I was November and I casually asked Ray would he do it with me. I nearly fell through the floor when he said yes.

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Bless him even Louis got in on the act.

Angela goes and finds her friends horses and out in the fields she gets such a great picture but she forgot sitting on the horse your high up and the motorists could see her as they drove by.













I wont put everyone on as it spoils it and we need the sales.

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So we have Launched today so let the money role but we have had the time of our life with this and thats what is all about having fun and raising money for the June Hanck Charity.


Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- MK 3475 Drug Day Wales denies the NHS Patients are flocking to the UK.

OMG what weather we travelled up to the Royal Marsden.

I was up at 4.30am in the pitch black with the wind blowing as  the Tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo hit UK

But we did get to the hospital far to early as funny enough there wasnt one hold up with the traffic. We had a coffee then went to the ward where I booked in where all the nurses were singing out ” Hello Mavis you look so welll ” gosh yes you do look so well” It tickles me thats they even remember my name let alone my Trial and the good results Im having.

I then went to the waiting room.

After a long wait I was called in and had my bloods taken, my PICC line cleaned, weighed and blood pressure taken.

I did a sample of urine as I had a water infection last time.

Then back to the waiting room to wait to be seen by the doctor.

Ray and I both nodded and I did fall off to sleep for a minute.

The Doctor finally called me in and it was another new one. There is a team and I get to see a new one every month. This is because they are from other countries and come here tothe Marsden to train in Cancer treatments.

I really dont mind as a) they are learning about Mesothelioma and b) its great they are so enthusiastic.

She said my bloods were fine and I was keeping so well through the trial. I asked about the shrinkage The answer shocked me — she said I have —43% altogether. 33% on the first scan and 10% 4 weeks later.

She held her small finger up and said the marker one was this long at the start and half of that now, then there is a shrinkage in every area including the mass at the bottom of my lung.

I said no wonder you are all so happy about this its brilliant.

She said my bloods showed my sugars were low and I had a test with a prick to my finger. But they had risen back by then.

We went to the Cafe and had a cake and coffee then walked back to the waiting room where we got so bored waiting for my drug to be made.

Finally at 3.30pm I was called in to have my drug.












That only takes 30mins and then a flush of 5 and Im out, finished, and on my way home.

It was really windy and as we pulled up into our car park the heavens opened.Ray got soaked as he took Louis for a walk and I cooked dinner, while he was gone.

There was a parcel for Louis from Christine Winters. Louis sniffed it and carried it around for a while. I opened it and it was home made dog biscuits which he loved .
















So that was the day.

Everyone referred by their GP via the urgent suspected cancer route is put on a 62-day pathway, during which all investigations (tests) are carried out. This is the same in Wales and in England.

“The target in Wales is for 95% of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the urgent suspected cancer route to start definitive treatment within 62 days from GP referral. In the first quarter of 2014-15 (April to June) 87.4% of patients were seen within that time.

“The target in England is for 85% of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the urgent suspected cancer route to start definitive treatment within 62 days. In the first quarter of 2014-15 (the latest figures available), 84.1% of patients were seen within this target.

“There is also a 31-day cancer pathway in England and Wales.”

“For patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the urgent route the target in Wales is that 98% should start definitive treatment within the target time of 31 days. In the first quarter of 2014-15 (April to June) 98.1% of patients were treated within 31 days.

“In England, figures for the first quarter of 2014-15 (the latest figures available) show 97.8% of people treated began first definitive treatment within 31 days of receiving their diagnosis.

“The border between England and Wales is a porous one – patients from England and Wales receive care from the health services on either side of the border. It is therefore concerning that the Care Quality Commission has put the Wye Valley NHS Trust into special measures and rated Hereford County Hospital as inadequate.

“Indeed, the CQC has said that four out of five hospitals it has inspected are not safe. Its annual report, published on October 17, said: Safety was the biggest concern: four out of every five safety ratings were inadequate or requires improvement… far too many hospitals were inadequate on safety and the majority required improvement to be considered safe.’

Please read all the response. Rays Blog sun 1


Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Booked IATP Annual Diner Lord Saatchi has the Government Backing for his Bill Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has now thrown his department’s weight behind the Medical Innovation Bill

This has been a computer day. from early morning to late at night.

So much is going on, so many surprises. We have been doing a huge charity thing that I can reveal on Friday. I have really been enjoying working with a few friends and it is all coming together friday. Promise

I have booked a Hotel for IATP’s Winter Wonderland in January

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Looks a lovely place.

I went for a walk around the local playing field. Louis loved the other dogs there and wanted to play with them as they chased their balls their owners were throwing. He was good and no barking He had done that in the park. Its the only place we havent got him under control. He really must think he has to protect the park.

The weather was windy and chilly out of the sun.

I bet Lord Saatchi was pleased with an article in the Telegraph and also on the news.

Alzheimer's drug 'could stop disease early'

Dying patients could be given access to untested medicines from early next year after the Government and doctors gave their backing to a bill proposed by Lord Saatchi.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has now thrown his department’s weight behind the Medical Innovation Bill which will make it easier for doctors to try out new treatments on patients without the fear of being sued.

The Bill – which has sharply divided the medical profession – has also received tentative backing from the General Medical Council, which earlier this year come out firmly against any change in the law, and a leading cancer charity.

The legislation was proposed by Lord Saatchi, the advertising magnate, who started to campaign on the issue after his wife Josephine Hart died from ovarian cancer.

Lord Saatchi told The Telegraph that the principle of allowing new drugs to be tested on desperately ill people was already being applied in the case of Ebola victims in Africa.

He said: “In dealing with the deadly Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation has decided that departure from standard evidence-based treatment is fully justified and essential.

“It has set ethical guidelines for the use of new therapies and interventions – they are identical to the provisions of the Medical Innovation Bill.”

Supporters said the plans – which could be law by March if MPs and peers agree – will allow victims of rare cancers to volunteer to be treated with untried drugs.

The late Josephine Hart and Maurice Saatchi. Photo: REX

Cutting out the need for years of clinical trials will bring down the cost of the medicine and may make pharmaceutical firms more likely to fund experimental drugs that only help a small number of people with rare diseases.

The Bill will be debated in the House of Lords this Friday and is due to be considered by MPs in the House of Commons In December. Its supporters said that the Bill now had a 75 per cent chance of becoming law.

Mr Hunt is hoping that the extra safeguard for patients will be enough to see off claims that the Bill is a “quacks’ charter”.

The Government has decided to support the Bill after new safeguards were agreed with Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director.

The amended Bill now requires the agreement of at least one other speciallist before trying out untested medical treatments on patients.

Currently doctors routinely ask colleagues in their hospital for their opinion on how to treat patients in what is called the “Bolam test”. The amended Medical Innovation Bill will require them to seek consent from other specialists in the field to pass this test.

This will stop “dominant personalities” in a hospital – perhaps a senior consultant – getting their own way and acting against the interests of the patient.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Innovation is at the heart of modernising the NHS and is essential for improving treatments and finding new cures and work on the Medical Innovation Bill is ongoing.

“We are pleased that Lord Saatchi has tabled amendments to the Bill to help ensure patient and staff safety.” A source added: “The Government is currently minded to support the bill as amended by Lord Saatchi.”

The amendments have persuaded the General Medical Council – which opposed any changes in April – to give its tentative support for the change in the law.

Professor Sir Peter Rubin, the council’s chairman , said: “Medicine is a risky business. There are many people alive today because of the willingness of doctors to innovate, deal with uncertainty and take reasonable risks which are understood, shared with, and consented to, by the patient in accordance with good medical practice.

“While we welcome the amendments to the Bill in Lord Saatchi’s name, we look forward to seeing the final version.”

Cancer Research UK, which has also expressed concerns about the originally-drafted Bill, also now supports the change in the law.

Sarah Woolnough, the charity’s Director of Policy and Information, said it was important that Parliament discussed medical innovation.

“We know that more could be done to promote innovation in cancer treatment, especially for patients with life-threatening conditions where there are few treatment options, and the Medical Innovation Bill aims to support clinicians to act innovatively where they have exhausted other options.

“The latest set of amendments laid on the Medical Innovation Bill are an improvement, requiring a doctor to seek advice from an appropriately qualified colleague before departing from standard treatment.

“We must ensure the Bill contains appropriate safeguards to protect patients. We will monitor the Bill’s progress closely and hope we will see a greater focus on innovation thanks to this Bill.”

Despite the changes, other doctors still remain concerned. Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at University College London, said last night: “Never once have we encountered interference or obstruction due to fear of litigation.

“There are of course many other obstacles to progress but changing the law with this bill is not going to accelerate innovation in cancer therapy, but might, as a result of unintended consequencconsequence endanger our patients by uncontrolled experimentation.”

Dominic Nutt wrote

It has been less than two years since the introduction of Lord Saatchi’s private member’s Bill, which seeks to support doctors who want to innovate and try new treatments for patients who have run out of other options.

In that time there has been amazing progress in what is, in parliamentary terms, no time at all – most private member’s Bills fall at the first hurdle. Yet Lord Saatchi’s Bill has defied political gravity.

It started as a Bill that the Government said it would not support, and also faced significant opposition from some sectors of the medical establishment. But it has transformed into one that is fully backed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and thousands of patients, doctors, charities and medical organisations.

They agree that patients who are dying and who have no further life-saving treatments available to them should be allowed the chance to explore something new and unproven – if such novel treatments are available. And their doctors must be confident that they are entitled in law to explore and offer such treatments, when all else has failed.

The Medical Innovation Bill will allow doctors to do this without the risk of being sued, as long as they follow the tight procedures within the Bill. This will give confidence to those doctors who may be anxious about using novel treatments. The Bill will encourage innovation and add momentum to the drive to find new, effective and scientifically grounded treatments for incurable diseases.

Lord Saatchi’s one and only desire is to draft a Bill that works, that will help doctors to help their patients by increasing innovation in health. There is no other agenda. This means that he has been – and remains – open to suggestions and ideas. He wants the best Bill – nothing more.

On Friday the Bill, with its amendments drafted by Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, will be scrutinised and debated line by line, and peers will offer further amendments. We welcome this – this is democracy in action. It is a process that has already improved the Bill and will continue to do so.

There are twists and turns to come and knots to be unpicked. Even now, there are organisations arguing for contradictory clauses to be inserted, and not all can be accommodated. But the past two years have demonstrated that through patience, listening and goodwill, most issues can and will be resolved to make this work for everyone.

The General Medical Council and Cancer Research UK had concerns about the original version of the Bill, but today they are largely positive. Their concerns were heard and the Bill changed accordingly.

This shows how far we have come, and how through genuine consultation and a desire to reach out to experts – doctors, scientists, lawyers and patients – good law can be created.

As Telegraph columnist Dr Max Pemberton wrote: “It is a tragic indictment of modern medicine that innovation is too often jettisoned in favour of the status quo for fear of legal action. Defensive medicine is at the heart of so much clinical practice today, but the Bill – if accepted into law – would deftly excise this, leading the way for doctors to feel free to strive for medical advancement.”

All this is to late for our Darling OXO Mum We were all hoping she would reach that Christmas that she so wanted to see .

Loose Women did a lovely programme about her at dinner time

I put it her to record on my diary the loss of a really lovely lady, So pretty and so alive. RIP Linda

British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had cancer, has died at the age of 66, her agent has confirmed.

Sue Latimer said she died yesterday “in her husband’s arms”.

The actress, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer since being diagnosed in July 2013.

Bellingham said she had planned to end her treatment to limit her family’s suffering after it spread to her lungs and liver.

In a statement on behalf of Bellingham’s family, Mrs Latimer said: “Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital.”

She added: “Actor, writer and presenter – to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.”

Lynda Bellingham in Oxo ad
Bellingham’s most famous role was as the much-loved mum in the Oxo adverts from 1983

Bellingham was also known for such shows as All Creatures Great and Small and in recent years was on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women.

Husband Michael Pattemore told Yours magazine, for which his late wife was a columnist, that she had been unable to die at home as she had hoped.

“She was in too much pain and they didn’t have it under control enough for me to be able to look after her,” he said.

He told the magazine: “I just want her to be remembered as an actress more than anything, not as a celebrity or one of the Loose Women.

“She started her career as an actress and never thought of herself as a celebrity – she’s always been an actress.”

Lynda Bellingham and Christopher Timothy in All Creatures Great and Small
She played Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small, alongside Christopher Timothy

Speaking earlier this month, Bellingham said her decision to give up chemotherapy was “a huge relief because I took back some control of myself”.

The first 20 minutes of Monday’s Loose Women was dedicated to the show’s former co-host.

“The mood is very different in the studio today,” host Ruth Langsford said. “It’s a very sad day for us here on Loose Women… but we want this to be a celebration of Lynda.”

Bellingham’s friend Christopher Biggins gave an emotional tribute, telling the show: “Last night was a very difficult night, but I went to bed laughing, thinking of a joke she used to tell over and over again.

“It’s a blessing in a way, we don’t want her to suffer any more.”

Colleen Nolan, a panellist on the programme, was visibly moved but singer Jane McDonald, who also used to work on Loose Women, said Bellingham “would be mortified if we were all sad, weeping and wailing”.

She added: “We have to keep the spirit of Lynda alive.”

A final interview with Bellingham, which was recorded a few weeks ago, will be broadcast on Wednesday.

During an emotional appearance on the show recently, the actress told viewers: “Grasp it all, don’t be afraid, enjoy the bits you can and tell your family you love them while you have the chance.”

‘Naughty and funny’

After her death was announced, Christopher Timothy, who starred opposite Bellingham in All Creatures Great and Small, described her as “a real friend”.

“She was a life force. She was funny, she was loyal, talented and a great mum,” he told the BBC.

“On set, she was ‘one of the boys’ really – she was naughty and funny. We’ve all been expecting it, but it is so unjust she didn’t make her last Christmas as was her intention.”

Diana Moran pays tribute to friend and colleague Lynda Bellingham

Michael Redfern, who played Bellingham’s TV husband in the Oxo commercials that became a national institution, said “everyone liked her”.

“I think she was just normal, I think that’s all it was,” he said. “She was like the lady next door, the wife, your mother. She had everything, just a very open person.”

Kaye Adams, another of Bellingham’s Loose Women co-presenters, said Bellingham would be remembered as “honest, generous, kind, courageous, intelligent, thoughtful”.

‘Ultimate professional’

Denise Welch, who also presented on Loose Women, told BBC Ulster Radio: “She turned everything into a positive. She’s left a wonderful legacy. [She was] one of the best character actresses that this country has known.”

Bellingham was born in Montreal, Canada, but grew up near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire after being adopted.

She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to land roles including Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great And Small and the title role in sitcom Faith In The Future.

The actress, who had two sons and was married three times, was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her charity work.

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