The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world, but services vary across the country partly due to uneven geographical distribution of cases. The Mesothelioma UK-funded national organisational audit has highlighted challenges in accessing diagnostic procedures such as thoracoscopy, as well as identifying examples of best practice, including access to clinical trials and specialist therapeutic procedures. To ensure equitable and optimal patient care, cancer alliances should have established referral pathways to specialist multidisciplinary team (MDT) services for discussion of all mesothelioma patients.
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We thank the Royal College of Physicians and Mesothelioma UK for running and funding the national mesothelioma audits and organisational audit respectively.
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Harden, S.V., Darlison, L., Beckett, P. et al. Standards of care in mesothelioma treatment. Br J Cancer (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-020-01078-y