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Breakthrough announced in treating mesothelioma

King’s Health Partners, a centre of excellence for mesothelioma treatment, has announced the discovery of a new procedure to treat mesothelioma, which can extend a patient’s life by five years.

The procedure was trialled by Loic Lang-Lazdunski, a consultant thoracic surgeon, and his team.

It involves washing the lung cavity with warm water and a povidone-iodine mix, combined with the use of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The current standard procedure is to remove the lung, including the lining, and the entire diaphragm, which has an average survival rate of one year.

The UK has the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, with more than 2,000 deaths a year, many of which include professionals within the building services sector.

The team hopes that its new technique will be adopted by medical teams around the world.

The British Lung Foundation, the charity partner at this year’s H&V News Awards, has a special focus on asbestosis and mesothelioma this year.

More information is available at www.lunguk.org