Our dedicated mesothelioma service

In the UK, 2,700 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which predominantly affects the lining of the lungs and is associated with exposure to asbestos, a material once commonly used in construction. It can take over 20 years for symptoms to appear after initial exposure.

Mesothelioma is a challenging condition but advances in medical science have opened new avenues for its management and treatment.

As the UK’s leading independent cancer care provider, we offer fast access to a comprehensive treatment pathway led by leading specialists in mesothelioma. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can contact us directly for more information about the treatment options. We provide clinical advice, expert opinion and the latest evidence-based treatment options. 

Our cancer centres offering our mesothelioma service are in: 

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If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, get in touch to discuss your treatment options. Our experts provide a personalised treatment plan designed to give you the best possible life outcomes. 

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What is mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer most often found in the layer of tissue covering each lung (pleural mesothelioma). It can also affect the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) and occasionally other areas in the body.

Mesothelioma is most common in people over 65. It can affect people over 50, but it’s rare for anyone younger than 50 to have mesothelioma. Men are more likely to get it than women, which is thought to be linked to asbestos exposure at work.1

Asbestos was widely used in various manufacturing and construction industries until it was banned in 1999. These tiny particles can be inhaled and get stuck in the lungs, damaging them over time. This can eventually lead to cancer.

Mesothelioma symptoms

The main symptoms of mesothelioma affecting the lining of the lung are:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sweating and high temperatures, especially at night
  • A persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss when you're not trying to

How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

See your GP if you’re worried about any symptoms. They’ll refer you for specialist tests if they think you may have mesothelioma.

The tests you have depend on your symptoms, including: 

  • An X-ray or CT scan of your chest or abdomen
  • Draining any fluid that's built up around your lungs or abdomen to look for cancer cells
  • A thoracoscopy or laparoscopy - inserting a tiny camera through a small incision to look inside your lungs or abdomen
  • You may have a biopsy at the same time to take a sample to test for cancer

Mesothelioma treatment options

Mesothelioma is often diagnosed at an advanced stage which can make it difficult to treat.

The best treatment for you depends on:

  • The type of mesothelioma you have
  • How far it's spread (it's stage)
  • Your general health

With our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, all aspects of your health, cancer diagnosis and personal wishes are taken into account to design the best treatment plan for you. 

Access to physicians and oncologists who specialise in mesothelioma is essential. We provide a world-class service and personalised approach to help patients with mesothelioma.

Dr Crispin Hiley, Clinical Director for Lung Cancer, GenesisCare UK 

Cancer drugs

Drug treatments used for mesothelioma are:

  • Immunotherapy – medicines that help your immune system recognise and fight cancer.  
  • Chemotherapy – anti-cancer medicines that attack cancer cells and shrink tumours

These approaches are each important to the treatment of patients with mesothelioma. The most appropriate therapy depends on the individual patient’s condition.

Our highly trained nurses provide one-to-one care and a 24-hour emergency phone line.

Our medical oncology centres each have the Macmillan Quality Environmental Mark, recognising our dedication to providing high-quality cancer services.


Radiotherapy uses radiation precisely aimed at tumours to destroy cancer cells. Our world-class radiotherapy service for mesothelioma includes groundbreaking treatment options.

Our specialists offer stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for mesothelioma in the lung. This advanced treatment precisely targets cancers with a high dose of radiation. 

SABR radiotherapy:

  • Offers treatment in three to eight sessions on alternate days
  • Can be delivered at many of our GenesisCare centres across the UK
  • May be delivered on the MRIdian Linac if the area that needs to be treated is close to sensitive organs in your chest, such as the airways or heart

Early research on SABR for mesothelioma has shown good outcomes for controlling cancer with limited side effects. 1, 2, 3, 4

For mesothelioma patients who need radiotherapy to a large area of the lungs, standard radiotherapy may be the most appropriate treatment instead. 


Surgery is rarely used to remove mesothelioma. It’s only used if the cancer is at an early stage, and many patients are diagnosed with more advanced diseases. Recent research has indicated patients may be better off without surgery and having other treatments instead. 

Before considering surgery, we highly recommend discussing your options with an oncologist and a mesothelioma nurse. Trials have shown that surgery for mesothelioma is linked to a lower quality of life and shorter survival compared to not having surgery. 

We see cancer care differently

Our centres, nurses, doctors, radiotherapists and pharmacists work together to treat you, not just your cancer. We know that it can be an overwhelming and life-changing experience impacting much more than your physical health.

We offer clinical advice and medications to help you manage the physical symptoms and side effects of your treatment, and integrative therapies to help you through the rest. These include personalised exercise medicine at our on-site exercise clinics and via our app, and wellbeing therapies, such as reflexology and counselling through our partnership with national charity Penny Brohn UK.

This holistic approach to cancer care is designed to help you deal with the physical and mental impact of cancer, while working safely alongside your clinical treatments to maximise their beneficial effects.

We’re the only private healthcare provider to offer these services at no extra cost. 

Our mesothelioma specialists

Your treatment will be provided by one of our leading mesothelioma specialists. 

Dr Crispin Hiley


Associate Professor and Consultant Clinical Oncologist

London Cromwell Hospital

Dr Riyaz Shah


Medical oncologist

Maidstone +1

Dr Adityanarayan Bhatnagar


Clinical oncologist

Southampton +1

Dr Veni Ezhil


Clinical Oncologist

Guildford +3

Dr Jason Lester


Clinical Oncologist

Bristol +1

Dr Joss Adams

FRCR, MRCP, MB, Bchir, BA Hons

Clinical oncologist

Windsor +1

Dr M. Rafiqul Islam


Clinical oncologist

Chelmsford +1

Dr Timothy Sevitt


Clinical Oncologist


Dr John Conibear


Clinical Oncologist

London Cromwell Hospital +1

Dr David Woolf

BMedSci, MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCR, MSc, MD(res)

Consultant Clinical Oncologist


Dr Russell Burcombe


Clinical Oncologist


Dr Peter Dickinson


Clinical oncologist

Nottingham +2


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