Cancer Australia has launched two national guides for health professionals and consumers aimed at driving better outcomes and care for people affected by lung cancer. They build on Cancer Australia’s Lung Cancer Framework: Principles for Best Practice Lung Cancer Care in Australia. The guide for health professionals, Delivering Best Practice Lung Cancer Care, provides practice information, strategies, tools and resources to support clinicians, including fact sheets on: patient-centred care; timely access to evidence-based pathways of care; multidisciplinary care; co-ordination, communication and continuity of care; and data-driven improvements in lung cancer care. Getting the Best Advice and Care: A Guide for those Affected by Lung Cancer aims to empower patients to actively participate in their own care. According to Cancer Australia, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in Australia, with an estimated 25 people dying every day from the disease in 2018. Access the guide via https://canceraustralia.gov.au/resources.
Australia has one of the highest world-wide incidence rates of mesothelioma, with 710 Australians diagnosed with the condition in 2017, according to the report, Mesothelioma in Australia. Produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Monash University Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health and an expert advisory group, the report found the highest mesothelioma rate in Western Australia, with 4.9 cases diagnosed for every 100,000 people, and lowest in Tasmania, at 1.5 cases per 100,000 people. Mesothelioma survival rates have not changed over time: since the mid 1980s the five-year relative survival rate has averaged 5.4%. The average time between diagnosis and death is about 11 months, with symptoms appearing 20 to 40 years after asbestos exposure, notes the report, which can be accessed via www.aihw.gov.au.