Richard Hopgood, who heads up the asbestos claims team at Larcomes, was invited by Professor Anoop Chauhan, consultant respiratory physician at Queen Alexandria Hospital, Portsmouth to sit on the RESPECT-MESO research group. This is a national study being undertaken by a panel of leading experts on mesothelioma looking at the benefits of early involvement of palliative care specialists in the treatment of mesothelioma.
Unfortunately mesothelioma victims often suffer significant physical symptoms which impact on daily quality of life. The RESPECT-MESO study aims to examine the effect on quality of life following early specialist palliative care involvement in addition to routine care in patients with newly diagnosed Malignant Pleural Mesotheliomas in the UK. .
Larcomes Asbestos Claims Team is proud to support the work of the southern asbestos support group HASAG. HASAG is a charity which supports asbestos sufferers across the South providing much needed assistance and guidance.
Nationally there are three research funds which all raise money to support the projects trying to work towards a better understanding of mesothelioma and more effective treatment options.
Richard and his team are both passionate about promoting awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos related lung diseases.
Richard and his team regularly attends the HASAG coffee mornings in Portsmouth and Southampton. These coffee mornings are held on a monthly basis and offer a vital support network for sufferers and their families.
Richard and his team play an active part in the Annual Action Mesothelioma Day, hosted by HASAG held in Southsea every year. One of the team has always attended this event each year since the inaugural Action Mesothelioma Day event HASAG arranged in Portsmouth in 2008.
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