New report from MAGS study on mesothelioma in healthcare professionals

A study by our research team into the impact of asbestos related cancer and mesothelioma in healthcare professionals has been completed, and a report outlining the results and recommendations is now available.


The Mesothelioma Asbestos Guidance Study (MAGS) study was carried out by researchers at the University of Sheffield and funded by Mesothelioma UK, alongside donations from the family and friends of the late Dr Mags Portman, a pioneer in the fight to prevent and control HIV, who died of mesothelioma in 2019.

The study final report highlights a number of recommendations including the need to get a more accurate picture of the extent of mesothelioma amongst healthcare staff, that awareness of asbestos risk should be added to the mandatory training for new members of NHS staff, and that special consideration should be given to the communication of the diagnosis.

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Study stakeholders and participants

Through patient interviews, literature reviews, and data analysis researchers examined the experiences of presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and care of healthcare staff with mesothelioma. Participants included both clinical staff, such as doctors and nurses, and non-clinical staff, such as medical secretaries, cleaners, porters, and maintenance staff.

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