Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Dr Peake is Honoured -and Karen Banton in Australia congraulations -So well deserved xx

We have had such cold weather and have to wrap up well to take the dog out. Im doing as the Doctors have been telling me to build my walking muscles up so a walk round the park just as the sun is setting and the evening veil of night moves over I take him. No one sees me walking then so if I did fall over I can do it without embarrassment. No I joke as Im getting stronger and the chemo damage muscles are getting stronger. I work up an appetite and come  back and enjoy my dinner.

So many warming stews and cottage pies this weather.







WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Mesothelioma Victims Center is urging baby boomers who were building trades workers, manufacturing workers, or industrial workers exposed to asbestos at a workplace in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s to get annual medical screenings for asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. “We are seeing a very large spike in the number of newly diagnosed mesothelioma victims because many of these individuals were exposed to asbestos at a workplace in the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or early 1980s. One thing to understand about this rare disease is that it often takes many decades to manifest itself. What differentiates us from any other group or organization in the nation is our passion in making certain that all diagnosed victims of this rare form of cancer get the nation’s best lawyers to advance a mesothelioma compensation claim.

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A great surprise today was to see Dr Peake looking at me from a newspaper. I love this man and his Conference talks. We have been on so many together and he is the such a kind and interesting man. I just had to send my Congratulations today xxxxx

Dr Peake is a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine for the University Hospitals of Leicester, based at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK.

He has published widely and been involved in the development of national policy for lung cancer and cancer intelligence in various roles. He is Clinical Lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and for the National Lung Cancer Audit Programme (NLCA), run jointly between the Information Centre and the Royal College of Physicians, where he is Associate Director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit.

He is National Lead Clinician for Lung Cancer in NHS Improvement where he is also the secondary care lead for the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI). He chairs the Clinical Reference Group of the NLCA, is co-chair of the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group. He is also a member of the steering group of the British Thoracic Oncology Group, vice-chair of Mesothelioma UK, a member of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group (NCAAG) and chairs the clinical section of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC).

His major interests are in early diagnosis and improving outcomes for lung cancer patients by proper service configuration, supported by good clinical outcome data.

Cancer treatment doctor recognised

By Merc_Reporter  |  Posted: January 21, 2015

By Cathy Buss

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 The work of a city doctor in improving lung cancer treatment has been recognised with a prestigious national award.

Dr Mick Peake, a respiratory consultant at Leicester’s hospitals has received the Judges’ special award at the third annual Quality in Care oncology awards.

Dr Peake is also clinical lead for the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and for the National Lung Cancer Audit Programme.

The awards were established to recognise quality in key treatment areas and good practice to benefit patients.

In making the award to Dr Peake the judges said: “Mick’s achievements with the NCIN have had a huge impact on the area of lung cancer.

“He has completely transformed the landscape and got us to think about what we do and he’s still so passionate about what he does and believes in quality of care.”

The National Cancer Intelligence Network is a country-wide initiative.

Its aim is to drive improvements in standards of cancer care and clinical outcomes by improving and using the information collected about cancer patients for analysis, publication and research.

Dr Peake said: “This is an award I never dreamed would come my way, since the quality of cancer care and innovation in the NHS and academic institutions is so high.

“I do believe that many of the things I have been involved in over a long period have had an impact, particularly on improving the quality of services and outcomes for patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma.”

He added: “This is an award based on peer recognition and I guess in the end that is the most satisfying element for me in receiving it.”

This award is the only national clinical award given to an individual in the field of oncology annually.

Dr Peake also chairs the clinical reference group for the National Lung Cancer Audit and is co-chairman of the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group.

He is also vice-chairman of Mesothelioma UK.

The award ceremony took place at Central Hall, Westminster, following the Britain Against Cancer conference.

For full results of the Quality in Care oncology awards 2014 go to

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Proud of her and our Rodders  they do such great support work in Australia

BERNIE Banton Foundation founder Karen Banton has been named this year’s Fairfield Council Australia Day ambassador.

Mrs Banton is a strong advocate on behalf of asbestos disease sufferers and their families.

She is also continuing the legacy left by her late husband Bernie Banton.

Mr Banton was widely recognised as the public face of the legal and political campaign fought in Australia from the early 2000s until 2007.

His aim was to achieve a binding agreement with James Hardie Industries for a long-term compensation fund for the sufferers of asbestos-related diseases after they were exposed to products made by the company that contained asbestos

A Fairfield Council spokeswoman said Mrs Banton cared for Mr Banton as he suffered pleural plaques, asbestos-related pleural disease and asbestosis, as well as nursing him after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2007.

“Bernie lost his battle, dying at home on November 27, 2007,” she said.

“In 2009 Karen, together with a number of supporters, founded the Bernie Banton Foundation.

“Its primary aims are to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos and advocate for the rights of asbestos-related disease sufferers and the general community.”

Fairfield Council’s Australia Day Community Awards Ceremony will be held tomorrow, Thursday.

The council will announce the 2015 Fairfield Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sports Achiever, and Volunteer of the Year, as well as the recipients of the Australia Day medallions.

It will also hold a small citizenship ceremony.

Last year’s Fairfield Council Australia Day ambassador was Shane Heal, a former captain of the Australian Boomers basketball team.

Rays Diary for yesterday

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