The chest and asbestos disease team at Slater and Gordon were delighted to attend the 14th Annual British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) conference 2016 in Dublin.
Slater and Gordon asbestos support worker, Alison Blake, said: “This was my first time attending a BTOG conference and I was quite amazed by the number of delegates from all over the United Kingdom and beyond. I spoke with a number of consultants who, although aware of the compensation and benefits that may be available to their patients, gave the impression that the majority of them leave that side of things up to the Lung Cancer Nurses to sort out.”
“It’s quite understandable, as we heard at the conference, the level of expertise in their field is constantly changing and progressing, just like the benefits and compensation rules and regulations, so keeping up in their own area of expertise is difficult enough. Our priority was to speak to as many delegates s as possible and make them aware of the high standard of service that Slater and Gordon provide, so it was great to see so many of those that we sponsored coming up to the stand to thank us for our support. They really appreciate being able to attend such events which would be otherwise impossible.”
Also in attendance, Slater and Gordon chest and disease lawyer, Helen Wilson, commented: “As specialist asbestos solicitors, it is always nice to meet those who help our clients. By the time we meet people with mesothelioma, they've already been diagnosed, often very recently and they know there's no cure and all the doctors can currently give them is time.
“Going to BTOG reminds you there is hope for the future. There were numerous passionate doctors and specialist lung nurses there who, yes will enjoy the dinner and let their hair down but they're there for a much more important reason. They're there to discuss advances in medicine, to discuss research, to share ideas and to try to find ways to help those suffering with both lung cancer and mesothelioma both today and in the future.
“The number of delegates attending seems to increase each year together with the number of different ideas. It was fascinating to walk around the various different posters, nearly 200 of them and to see the research being carried out around the country. The studies varied too, they're not just focused on medicine but also on the patient’s whole experience of the care they're provided. Each of these studies - no matter how small - are contributing to helping those diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma.
“Funding from the NHS to attend these events is scarce, and so we were delighted to be able to provide bursaries to nurses to enable them to attend such an important event. It was a pleasure to meet those we had sponsored and to learn more about their day to day work.”
The Slater and Gordon chest and asbestos disease team have worked with many sufferers and families affected by mesothelioma. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.