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Asbestos projects receive $10,000 funding boost

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People exposed to asbestos dust or those suffering from asbestos-related diseases will benefit from a $10,000 funding boost from law firm Slater and Gordon for two key Western Australian health projects.

Slater and Gordon asbestos lawyer Tricia Wong said world-class asbestos specialists Professor Bill Musk and Professor Gary Lee were undertaking vital projects aimed at preventing and managing asbestos-related diseases and were deserving of financial support.

“Professor Musk and Professor Lee’s projects are valuable for people affected by the deadly dust asbestos and Slater and Gordon is proud to throw its support behind the important work they do,” she said.

“Professor Musk along with Dr Fraser Brims have spent the past 12 months conducting low dose CT scans as a part of the Asbestos Review Program. The ARP has uncovered some exciting preliminary results by detecting six lung cancers which will mean early resection and good prognoses for the sufferers.

“Professor Lee is helping those who sadly already have mesothelioma by looking at the role played by nutrition during the course of their disease. He is also examining the outcomes of a new approach to removing fluid between the patient’s lung and chest wall while they’re at home, meaning they spend less time in hospital.

“We applaud their work in helping to save lives through preventative scans, and improving and managing treatment for those already suffering mesothelioma.

“As a lawyer who works hard to gain compensation for these innocent victims, it is devastating to see people suffer with these horrendous diseases.

“Slater and Gordon in WA has a proud 28-year history of representing clients with asbestos-related illnesses, and providing financial support for important research and treatment projects is another way we can help fight this terrible legacy.”

Professor Bill Musk is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Professor Gary Lee is Professor of Respiratory Medicine.

They are both based at the University of Western Australia’s Department of Respiratory Medicine which operates from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands.