The first British Thoracic Society (BTS) Statement on Mesothelioma (MM) was published in 2001 by a Working Party of the Standards of Care Committee of the BTS in response to a request by the National Health Executive in England. In the last 5 years enough progress has been made to justify the preparation of a second statement. The 2007 Statement should be read in conjunction with the 2007 Mesothelioma Framework produced by the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group.
Malignant Mesothelioma Statement 2007
BTS Statement on Malignant Mesothelioma in the United Kingdom, British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee - Thorax 2007; 62: ii1-ii19
Download the 2007 Statement here
Download the appendix to the 2007 Statement here
This document complements the 2007 Department of Health Mesothelioma Framework document, which was published on 27 February 2007, and which may be viewed here
Pleural Plaques: Information for Health Care Professionals
A leaflet for health care professionals has been produced by the Department of Health in conjunction with BTS and is now available to download here.
An information leaflet for patients is available from the British Lung Foundation.
Best practice guidance for coroners
BLF has been working with the Coroners’ Society of England and Wales and BTS to produce a series of best practice guidance for coroners. These were launched at a Parliamentary Reception to mark Action Mesothelioma Day on 27 February 2008. You can download the leaflets below:
Mesothelioma inquests in England and Wales – Best practice suggestions for Coroners
Mesothelioma inquests in England and Wales – Information for clinicians to share with people affected by mesothelioma
Mesothelioma/asbestos related disease – Pro forma to be completed after diagnosis
Malignant Mesothelioma Statement 2001
BTS Statement on Malignant Mesothelioma in the United Kingdom. British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee - Thorax 2001; 56: 250-265. Download the 2001 Statement here