If you suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos pleural disease such as diffuse pleural fibrosis or pleural thickening, you would be interested to know that on Friday, 14 June 2019 Professor Gary Lee of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital was named 2019 Cancer Researcher of the Year by the Cancer Council of Western Australia. We extend our congratulations to Professor Lee.

Professor Lee joins esteemed alumni including Professor Anna Nowak who took home the award last year.

This year’s award recognizes Professor Lee’s research into pleural effusions (fluid on the lung) in those who suffer from mesothelioma and breast cancer. An accumulation of fluid in this manner contributes to a person’s shortness of breath and chest pain. Professor Lee led multinational clinical trials that have improved patient treatment allowing them to spend less time in hospital and more time at home with their loved ones.

The Cancer Council’s award will help Professor Lee to continue his research into patient care while a monetary award to Professor Nowak will allow her to carry out research into different patients’ responses to a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

We again extend our congratulations to Professor Lee and thank him and Professor Nowak for their contribution to asbestos disease medical community.